Rep. Francisco Canseco, the Congressional Republican incumbent, and his challenger, Democrat and state representative Pete Gallego debated in an hour long event supported by AARP Texas and Univision. The twist? The entire debate was held in Spanish.
The two politicians are running to represent Texas in the 23rd district in the U.S. Congress. The debate covered topics such as border security, social security and medicare, reports Fox News Latino. And for those 200 attendees who do not speak Spanish, headsets to listen to English translators were provided. Interesante, no?
Univision had suggested holding one debate in Spanish, as the district is 66 percent Latino, with 53 percent of the residents speaking a language other than English at home.
Speaking directly to the Hispanic voter in Spanish has really started to take hold in the past year, especially with the presidential election. Both President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney have made Spanish-language ads and have participated in forums on Univision. The Democratic National Convention (DNC) also livestreamed in both English and Spanish -- a first for a presidential convention.
What do you think of having political debates in Spanish? Is it fair to ask that of the candidates?