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14 March 2012

Rick Santorum Tells Puerto Rico To Speak English

...if the island territory wants to become a state in our Union. Tell 'em Ricky:

In an interview with El Vocero newspaper, Santorum said he supported Puerto Ricans' right to self-determination regarding the island's political status.

"We need to work together and determine what type of relationship we want to develop," he told the newspaper.

But Santorum said he did not support a state in which English was not the primary language.

"Like any other state, there has to be compliance with this and any other federal law," Santorum said. "And that is that English has to be the principal language. There are other states with more than one language such as Hawaii but to be a state of the United States, English has to be the principal language."

However, the U.S. Constitution does not designate an official language, nor is there a requirement that a territory adopt English as its primary language in order to become a state.
My emphasis.

Is it just me, or does Santorum come off more-than-a-bit dickish here? Especially given that -- legally speaking -- he's plain wrong.

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