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Wooing Hispanic voters back home, President Barack Obama kept his campaign pledge to become the first president since John F. Kennedy to make an official visit to the recession-battered U.S. territory.

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He's hoping that Puerto Rico becomes the 58th state just before 2012..
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make an official visit to the recession-battered U.S. territory.
Holy smokes, they're recession-battered? Does that make them different than the rest of the country.
Are reporters getting more and more stupid?
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He's hoping that Puerto Rico becomes the 58th state just before 2012..
I had to read that twice before I got it!!! (I'm a little slow, ya know)
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I had to read that twice before I got it!!! (I'm a little slow, ya know)
I read this today...

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There’s no doubt Puerto Rican statehood would aid the Democratic Party, which may explain White House interest. (Democrats would benefit in the current generation: for all we know, by mid-century, Puerto Rico will be a Tea Party stronghold.) Two more Senate seats would be huge for the Democrats.

Nearly a million Puerto Ricans have moved to Florida, which has replaced New York City as home-away-from-home for those of Puerto Rican origin. “I know a boat you can get on” is now being grumbled by Floridians, not New Yorkers. Granting the vote to Puerto Ricans living in New York wouldn’t have short-term impact on presidential politics, since New York already votes blue. But with Florida a battleground state, enfranchising nearly a million additional people there, most of whom will vote Democratic, could determine a presidency.

* The Census Bureau projects that by 2050, the Hispanic (using that term loosely) share of the U.S. population will rise to 24 percent from 12 percent. Statehood for Puerto Rico could accelerate the rise of Spanish-speaking and Spanish-descended Americans.

So how about the legislation that grants Puerto Rican its statehood including a clause that makes English the language of the United States, and bars official bilingualism? (Some states mandate English; there is no controlling federal law.) The melting-pot aspect of English has benefitted all Americans, including first-generation Americans: while the track record of official bilingualism in other nations is poor.

If the United States is to welcome Puerto Rico as a state, fully embracing its residents, English as the U.S. language should be part of the deal. That’s a future-oriented compromise with something for everybody.

Make Puerto Rico a state: it’s good for business | Gregg Easterbrook
I think Obama want's to fast track Puerto Ricos statehood before 2012. I can't say that I blame him.. However...they have something to say in the matter! They may not want to be the 58th state..
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