Apparently when Rick Santorum was a U.S. senator, Pennsylvanians called the GOP candidate "Senador Puertorriqueño". We wonder if Pennsylvanians are still using the same nickname after Santorum's latest remarks referring to Puerto Rico. The candidate said he did not support a state in which English was not the primary language.
So that's what's lacking for the island to gain some representation? "Rick's formula is simple: you speak English, you become a state," Colbert mocked.
According to Reuters, Santorum said "Like any other state, there has to be compliance with this and any other federal law. And that is that English has to be the principal language."
But "there is no such federal law," said Colbert.
Colbert did give Santorum some credit for his remarks, after all "it takes serious 'cojones' to go down to Puerto Rico and tell them that they need to stop saying 'cojones.'"
Santorum later defended his remark saying "I never said only English should be spoken here. Never did I even intimate that," to local reporters gathered in El Capitolio, the island's Capitol building. "What I said was that English had to be spoken as well as other - obviously Spanish is going to be spoken, this would be a bilingual country."
But looks like the apology from Santorum came a little too late.
"It's that kind of tough love that's going to get Rick wracking up delegates all over the map!" Colbert mocked.
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