Republican Univision Debate: Fear, Not Rubio, the Driving Factor

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Five Republican candidates -- including Mitt Romney, Jon Huntsman, and Rick Perry -- have pulled out of a Univision debate in January. Why? Allegedly it is because of a comment the head of the blockbuster Spanish-language channel made to Florida Sen. Marco Rubio's people while attempting to blackmail the senator into participating in an interview. 

But this is really a bunch of crap. 

Perry is horribly vulnerable on immigration issues, having screwed up in Orlando during a recent debate before a straw poll. (See the video below.) He actually sounded as if he liked immigrants. Or at least he sounded horribly conflicted, damn him!

Romney and Huntsman have nothing to lose. Neither candidate -- both of whom are Mormons -- is particularly immigrant-friendly (though neirther is horribly hostile either.) 

In the Univision debate, both men would face questions about the decreasing number of Mormon converts to the church. This rate began falling after Arizona state Sen. Russell Pearce -- also a Mormon -- proposed and spearheaded the draconian immigration law that has taken the country by storm, most recently in the passage of a similar measure in Alabama. 

It can't hurt for any of the Republicans to suck up to Rubio either. The guy has a future with the party and has shown himself to be a slick player ever since taking office. 

Univision has denied the reports, started in brilliant fashion by El Nuevo Herald editor Manny Garcia and Miami Herald reporter Marc Caputo. They said Univision execs had tried to get Rubio to appear on the Univision show Al Punto by threatening a report about a 24-year-old crime by Rubio's brother-in-law, Orlando Cicilia. 

The network eventually aired that report to little fanfare. 

By the way, Herman Cain and Michelle Bachmann have also pulled out. Both of them have silly stands on immigration. Bachmann has said laws excluding Chinese from entering America was a program "that worked." Cain wants to a build a new Great Wall of China with alligators on the Mexican border.

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Fernie B
Fernie B

Lets see how they fumble the Dream act question. They need to shut it down without sounding too xenophobic and racist while throwing a few viva cuba libre to make the cubans feel they are part of their big inclusive tent.

Mimipinson59
Mimipinson59

THANK YOU, New Times, We can always count on you for fair and balanced reporting. There was no such debate and even Mitt Romney admitted this.  All lies created to detract from the real issue, Rubio's shameful past. Bet you won't find this chapter in his autobiography...

Chuck Strouse
Chuck Strouse

According to Neilsen, Univision is by far the top Spanish network with an average of 4 million viewers. Telemundo has a quarter of that, about, 1.1 million, and only a small proportion of those have any interest in news. (Can you say Jorge Ramos?) It's easy to duck on Telemundo. So how about you do some research, bucko?

Juan Pablo
Juan Pablo

Dont forget Rubio also has a mormon connection, that hasn't been investigated, maybe that's what they fear from Univision and the reason they're preemptively starting a confrontation with the network.

AJI
AJI

This post is lazy and unresearched. There is a Telemundo debate the same week as the boycotted Univision debate. All the major candidates have committed to participating in the Telemundo debate.

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