Friday, October 7, 2011

GOP candidates boycott Univision debate

Major GOP presidential candidates are threatening to boycott a debate sponsored by Univision, the Spanish-language media giant.  Six candidates, including Mitt Romney and Rick Perry, have indicated that they may not attend Univision’s proposed January debate because of a dust-up over coverage of Senator Marco Rubio (Rep.-Florida). The candidates scattered after allegations surfaced that Univision had “publicized an embarrassing story about the senator’s brother-in-law because Rubio wouldn’t do an interview on the show ‘Al Punto,’ which has espoused a liberal line on the hot topic of immigration.”


It seems to me that the controversy concerning a prominent Latino national politician, Sen. Marco Rubio, gave the Republican candidates the perfect "out" for avoiding the tough questioning one might expect on immigration from the Spanish-language media. To this point, the candidates generally speaking have sought to appear as "tough-as-nails" on immigration, something that would likely alienate the Latino audience watching a debate on Univision.  The candidates may well have heard about how California Republican gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman wilted under fire -- to now-Governor Jerry Brown's benefit -- on the immigration issue in a debate on Spanish-language television in October 2010.

Click here for more on the controversy.


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