Posts Tagged: Jeb Bush

Puerto Ricans to ‘Vote’ for President in 2020

Puerto Ricans will vote for the president and vice-president of the United States beginning in 2020 under a territorial law signed Saturday. The vote will not count in deciding the winners of the elections but it could have a slight influence in determining the candidates who win Florida’s important Electoral Votes. There may now be… Read more »

NPR Reports Puerto Ricans as Critical in Capturing Florida Vote

National Public Radio’s project A Nation Engaged, an exploration of battlegrounds in this year’s presidential election, visited Orlando for their recent report, Which Way Florida Goes Hinges On Puerto Rican Voters. 27% of Florida’s eligible Hispanic voters are Puerto Rican, NPR reports, citing Pew Research. This number is closer than ever to the 31% who… Read more »

Jeb Bush: “If I was a Puerto Rican, I’d vote for statehood”

Last night, the 7th Republican primary debate was held in Des Moines, Iowa. The debate covered a host of topics ranging from social issues to homeland security, and to immigration policy. The debate was sponsored by Fox News and was moderated by Bret Baier, Chris Wallace, and Megyn Kelly. Roughly half way through the debate,… Read more »

Donald Trump Announces Position on Puerto Rico Status

Presidential candidate Donald Trump has released his first official statement on Puerto Rico status. “There are 3.7 million American citizens living in Puerto Rico,” begins the statement. “As citizens, they should be entitled to determine for themselves their political status.” The Trump statement continues to advocate a “process where Puerto Ricans might resolve thier status” and pledges… Read more »

Ben Carson Endorses Statehood for Puerto Rico

Presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson visited Puerto Rico on Sunday and gave unambiguous support to statehood for Puerto Rico. At a rally of roughly 3,500 people, Carson cited the patriotism of Puerto Rico’s 3.5 million U.S. citizens and said, “You have paid your dues.” Carson left no possible uncertainty about his position on statehood for Puerto Rico…. Read more »

No Need to Reinvent the Wheel to Help Puerto Rico

In a new article, “Let’s not reinvent the wheel in Puerto Rico,” Michael Madowitz, an economist at the Center for American Progress, makes the case that while the challenges facing Puerto Rico are complex, possible solutions exist that have already been tested, proven and are in place throughout the county in the fifty states. Citing… Read more »

Chapter 9 for Puerto Rico:  Momentum and Myths

While the U.S. Treasury Department and the administration of Gov. Alejandro Garcia Padilla are actively engaged in conversations over possible federal administrative reforms to improve Puerto Rico’s fiscal situation, momentum has similarly increased on Capitol Hill to push forward legislative solutions. On September 30, 2015, the Senate’s third-ranking Democrat and future Democratic leader, Sen. Chuck… Read more »

Rule 40 Sends Republican Presidential Candidates to Puerto Rico

The Republican candidate lineup for the presidential primaries is still unusually large, and that brings up another reason that candidates are courting Puerto Rico. The Republican Party requires candidates to gain a majority of delegates in eight States and/or territories. If a candidate doesn’t get the majority of delegates in at least eight, that candidate… Read more »