Carson Backs Puerto Rican Statehood
Ben Carson is desperate to attract voters and to appear different than his opponents.
“In a Carson administration, I will leave no stone unturned in my efforts to secure this important step in Puerto Rico’s history — establishing Estado 51,” Carson said, according to CNN, during a Sunday speech.
“Mis hermanos Americanos,” Carson reportedly said, “my campaign is built around the premise of ‘We the people,’ and through such lens, I view the statehood question in Puerto Rico as settled.”
The Hill reports:
The Carson campaign estimated that 3,500 people attended the rally for the pro-statehood New Progressive Party.
Other Republican candidates for president, such as former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), support Puerto Rican statehood, provided the island’s residents vote to approve it.
Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton has not endorsed statehood for the U.S. commonwealth but has supported economic relief measures for the island in the past.
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