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4 GOP Presidential Candidates Agree to Boycott Univision Debate


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Aug 22, 2009
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A letter signed by 3 Florida Hispanic Republicans urging a boycott of Univision's planned Republican presidential debate is gaining the support of White House candidates, while triggering a defiant letter in return from the largest Spanish-language television network in the United States.

At issue is whether Univision offered to drop or soften a story about the drug arrest and conviction of Florida's US Senator Marco Rubio's brother-in-law in exchange for Rubio agreeing to sit down for an interview on a show where immigration issues were likely to come up. Rubio, a Cuban-American from Miami, opposes the Dream Act, which provides a pathway to citizenship for many young immigrants.

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Open Letter to Univision and Republican National Committee"Univision takes exception to the false assertion that it attempted to "extort" Senator Rubio in any way, shape, or form," writes Arya Towfighi, Vice President and Assistant General Counsel for Univision.

"At no point in time did anyone from Univision offer to kill or soften the story regarding Senator Rubio's brother-in-law in exchange for appearing on any Univision news program. Any statement to the contrary is patently absurd."

The Univision letter is written directly to U.S. Representative David Rivera, Florida House Majority Leader Carlos Lopez-Cantera And Florida State Representative Erik Fresen, all Republicans, who the night before demanded Univision issue an apology to Senator Rubio. The elected Representatives also urge the Republican National Committee and each of the Republican Presidential Candidates to boycott Univision's proposed January 29th debate, to be televised nationally from the University of Miami. Florida's Republican Presidential Primary will be held 2 days later.

So far, 4 candidates have jumped onboard the Univision debate-boycott: Texas Governor Rick Perry, former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann and former Utah Governor John Huntsman.

"We are troubled by these allegations and would not participate in any such debate unless until Univision satisfactorily addresses the situation," says Andrea Saul with the Romney Campaign.

4 GOP Presidential Candidates Agree to Boycott Univision Debate | Fox News Latino

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