Gingrich: “Language of the Ghetto” Comment Was Not Spanish

Today, GOP presidential candidate Newt Gingrich said on Fox News that his 2007 comments about English being the language of "prosperity" never specifically called out Spanish as the "language of living in the ghetto," and that his opponent Mitt Romney has been manipulating this fact in ads being run in Florida.

Before getting to Gingrich's comments today, here is what Gingrich said in 2007: 

“The American people believe English should be the official language of the government. … We should replace bilingual education with immersion in English so people learn the common language of the country and they learn the language of prosperity, not the language of living in a ghetto.”

Yes, we know, Gingrich never explicitly said Spanish, but it is pretty clear to us that when he criticized bilingual education, he was also criticizing Spanish, which is by far the most popular language taught in any US bilingual education curriculum. Furthermore, Gingrich went as so far to apologize for his comments with a video in Spanish:

Anyway, back to the present and to what Gingrich said today on FOX, according to Politico:

"I never used the word Spanish in the conversation."

Still, Gingrich issued an apology in Spanish, creating the impression that he was talking about the language, which is spoken by a substantial proportion of the Florida primary electorate. "I wasn't talking about any single language," he said Sunday. "Go back and read the text. I didn't reference any single language. English should be the language of every single student because it is the language" needed to "get ahead in America." 

"We don't want anyone trapped in America not able to speak English because English is the language of commercial success and gives you a better job," Gingrich said. Romney "turned that on its head and said something that was simply not true" in running an ad suggesting that Gingrich was specifically referring to Spanish.

Gingrich also tried to explain his use of the word "ghetto," telling host Chris Wallace: "As you know well, ghetto was originally a term for Jewish neighborhoods in the Middle Ages." 

We are still searching for the other 200 apologies Gingrich made in other languages. Once we find them, we will let you know.

Santorum Won’t Correct Woman Who Called President Obama a Muslim

Rick Santorum doesn't feel he has to correct anyone that falsely called the President of being a Muslim. Today, at a town hall event in Lady Lake, Florida, Santorum was questioned on Obama's religion. Here's the actual quote via cnn.com:

"I never refer to Obama as President Obama because legally he is not," the woman in the audience began. "He constantly says that our constitution is passé, and he ignores it as you know and does what he darn well pleases. He is an avowed Muslim and my question is, why isn't something being done to get him out of government? He has no legal right to be calling himself president?"

Santorum never corrected the woman. Instead, he went on to say,

"Well look, I'm doing my best to get him out of the government right now, and you're right about how he uniformly ignores the constitution. He did this with these appointments over the recess that was not a recess, and if I was in the United States Senate I would be drawing the line."

When Santorum was asked  by CNN's John King why he never corrected the woman on Obama's religion, he went on to state the following:

"I don't feel it's my obligation every time someone says something I don't agree with to contradict them, and the President's a big boy, he can defend himself and his record and I'm going to go out and talk about the issues that the President and I disagree on and try to defeat him because I think that's the best thing that we can do for the future of our country."

It seems there are still people in this country who will believe Obama is everything but an American Christian. Consider Santorum's campaign over, even Ann Coulter knows Republicans won't win with radical false statements.

Mitt Romney Speaks Spanish in His Florida Political Ad

Two weeks ago, GOP front runner Mitt Romney was saying no to The Dream Act, but this week in Florida, he is saying "sí" to the Latino vote, well, actually, more specifically the GOP's Cuban American political leadership, one of the most reactionary and conservative political factions in the United States.

Interesting to note that ALL OF A SUDDEN, Romney, whose stances on immigration don't curry much favor to the vast majority of Latinos, is now realizing that the US Latino vote is a key to the 2012 election. Our guess? This is just another PANDERFIESTA (thank you, Colbert for that one) and most US Latino voters will just see this as another ploy the Romney campaign be the candidate that says yes to any group. Hey, everyone, I speak Spanish too!!! We all know that his Mexican roots are being seen with skepticism, and now this video is just, well, triste.

What do YOU think? Will this be effective?