Ben Carson Endorses Puerto Rican Statehood – 3 Months After Island Defaulted on Debt
Stick a fork in it.
Dr. Ben Carson endorsed Puerto Rican statehood today.
With statehood the people of Puerto Rico would receive more financial help and benefits.
Puerto Rico defaulted on its debt in August.
The Hill reported:
Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson officially backed Puerto Rican statehood in a speech on the island on Sunday.
“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.
Carson said he viewed the issue of statehood as “settled,” the news network added, referring to a referendum to join the union backed by a majority of Puerto Rican citizens in 2012.
“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 Carson campaign estimated that 3,500 people attended the rally for the pro-statehood New Progressive Party.