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GOP Primary in Puerto Rico Follows "Surreal" Campaign

Posted: Mar 18, 2012

Puerto Rican newspaper El Nuevo Día reports that the American press seemed a bit surprised by the festivities surrounding the recent political campaign events in Puerto Rico. American journalists, who were in Puerto Rico this week covering Mitt Romney's campaign ahead of Sunday's primaries, described their experiences on Twitter and other social media sites with irony, and apparently found the experience "surreal," El Nuevo Día reports.

But El Nuevo Día notes that the campaign event where Romney spoke was "a typical party for a Puerto Rican campaign: music, fireworks and long speeches. All in Spanish. These speeches were surprising for journalists who are used to shorter, more restrained events."

Puerto Ricans head to the polls today to vote in the GOP primary, although they do not have a vote in the general election. In November, Puerto Ricans will vote on the issue of statehood. If Puerto Rico votes to become the country’s 51st state, Congress would have to approve the move before it could take effect. The top Republican candidates have all said that they would work with Puerto Rico to become a state if that is what its citizens decide, although Rick Santorum added a caveat: Puerto Rico must first adopt English as its main language.

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