California gobernatorial race: in a sign of just how important the Latino vote has become in the state of California, Democratic candidate Jerry Brown and Republican candidate Meg Whitman made history as they faced off inÂ a first-of-its-kind all-Spanish debate hosted by Univision.Â
Here’s my favorite question of the debate:
Notice how Meg Whitman sidestepped the question of rewarding the hard work of undocumented immigrants for their positive contributions to our economy.Â HerÂ only proposalÂ is a “guest worker” program, which would not give these immigrants full working rights and protections.Â Good on Jerry Brown for calling her out on it and pointing out howÂ such a program would only amountÂ to squeezing theseÂ human beings for their labor and just send them back whenÂ people like her areÂ done with them without evenÂ a thank youÂ for their hard labor (an issue thatÂ received quite a bit of media attentionÂ recently thanks to Stephen Colbert’s testimony to Congress).
Here’s the complete transcript of the debate in English.
Putting things into perspective:Â ifÂ Steve PoiznerÂ had won the Republican nomination instead of Whitman, do you thinkÂ Poizner would have agreed to making history like this?