President George H.W. Bush: “Personally, I strongly favor statehood.”

President George H.W. Bush, State of the Union Address, February 9, 1989.  There’s another issue that I’ve decided to mention here tonight. I’ve long believed that the people of Puerto Rico should have the right to determine their own political future. Personally, I strongly favor statehood. But I urge the Congress to take the necessary steps to allow the people to decide in a referendum.

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