Santorum’s Puerto Rico English Comments Fodder for Colbert, Romney Supporters

Videos Highlighting The Latest Search Trends.
March 16 2012 4:48 PM

Santorum’s Puerto Rico English Comments Fodder for Colbert, Romney Supporters

(Presidenial candidate and former Senator Rick Santorum (R-PA) (R-PA) (4th L), his wife Karen Santorum (4th R) and his son's Patrick (2nd R), 9, and Peter (3rd R), 12, and walk through the Old City March 15, 2012 in San Juan, Puerto Rico.)

Photo by Christopher Gregory/Getty Images

We all know the fight for the GOP nomination is getting to be a nail-biter, but a Romney-Santorum showdown in Puerto Rico?

The latest battleground is a commonwealth rather than a state, but comments about statehood is part of why all eyes are on the Northeastern Caribbean primary this weekend. In an interview this week, Rick Santorum suggested erroneously that to become a state, Puerto Rico would have to declare English it’s official language.


The comments have given Romney and his supporters, like Puerto Rico Governor Luis Fortuño, plenty of takedown fodder. Stephen Colbert also poked fun at a few of Santorum’s recent imaginative quotes, saying, “It takes serious cojones to go to Puerto Rico and tell them to stop saying, ‘cojones.’ ”

With the delegate math becoming more crucial for both Santorum and Romney—who finished a disappointing third in Mississippi and Alabama this week—Puerto Rico’s 20 delegates could have strategic importance. On Saturday, we may discover the word Santoromentum doesn’t translate well.

Video produced by Krishnan Vasuvedan

Ben Johnson is the producer of Marketplace Tech from American Public Media.


Medical Examiner

The Most Terrifying Thing About Ebola 

The disease threatens humanity by preying on humanity.

I Bought the Huge iPhone. I’m Already Thinking of Returning It.

Scotland Is Just the Beginning. Expect More Political Earthquakes in Europe.

Students Aren’t Going to College Football Games as Much Anymore

And schools are getting worried.

Global Marches Demand Action on Climate Change


Blacks Don’t Have a Corporal Punishment Problem

Americans do. But when blacks exhibit the same behaviors as others, it becomes part of a greater black pathology. 

Why a Sketch of Chelsea Manning Is Stirring Up Controversy

How Worried Should Poland, the Baltic States, and Georgia Be About a Russian Invasion?

  News & Politics
Sept. 20 2014 11:13 AM -30-
Business Insider
Sept. 20 2014 6:30 AM The Man Making Bill Gates Richer
Sept. 20 2014 7:27 AM How Do Plants Grow Aboard the International Space Station?
  Double X
The XX Factor
Sept. 19 2014 4:58 PM Steubenville Gets the Lifetime Treatment (And a Cheerleader Erupts Into Flames)
  Slate Plus
Tv Club
Sept. 21 2014 1:15 PM The Slate Doctor Who Podcast: Episode 5  A spoiler-filled discussion of "Time Heist."
Sept. 21 2014 9:00 PM Attractive People Being Funny While Doing Amusing and Sometimes Romantic Things Don’t dismiss it. Friends was a truly great show.
Future Tense
Sept. 19 2014 6:31 PM The One Big Problem With the Enormous New iPhone
  Health & Science
Bad Astronomy
Sept. 21 2014 8:00 AM An Astronaut’s Guided Video Tour of Earth
Sports Nut
Sept. 18 2014 11:42 AM Grandmaster Clash One of the most amazing feats in chess history just happened, and no one noticed.