WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rosselló said on Friday that as Democratic candidates begin visiting the island ahead of the 2020 presidential nominating contests there is one question they must answer: whether the U.S. territory should become a state.
“What I want to hear everybody talk about,” Rosselló told reporters, “is their stance on the equality of U.S. citizens in Puerto Rico? It should be a yes or no answer. There should be no room for wiggle.”
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“The only way to get that equality is through statehood, which twice in the past seven years the people of Puerto Rico have voted. That is the top simple question that I would want them to answer,” he added.
Rosselló, a Democrat, spoke to reporters at the annual National Governors Association meeting in Washington. He was elected governor in 2016 after making Puerto Rican statehood a main component of his campaign. The U.S. Congress and president would have to approve Puerto Rico becoming the 51st U.S. state.
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Though past U.S. presidents have said they believe Puerto Rico’s residents should determine its future, Republican President Donald Trump last year said Puerto Rican statehood was an “absolute no”...
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