Rick Santorum, interviewed by Maricarmen Rivera Sánchez (?) of El Vocero, 3/14/2012.
Transcribed by Mark Liberman 3/16/2012.

Interviewer: ... conducted in Spanish. Now what would that mean in- in terms of- of being a state?
Santorum:Well as I've- have said repeatedly that uh is a condition for admission uh
that people would-
would and could speak both languages but they'd have to speak English
uh that would be a requirement
it's a requirement that we put on other states
uh as a condition for entering the union and if you're going to participate in uh
as a state in uh in the United States then
you need to participate in the language of the people ((speak)) in uh
in the states
uh and and that's not- if you don't respect as we do people who have different cultures
as uh as I've mentioned many times you know ((we)) came
uh my father came to this country he was bilingual
uh my grandmother actually never spoke English ((and)) never became an American citizen
um but you know if- if- if the people from Puerto Rico want to commit to becoming a member of- uh a state in the United States
then they have to fully commit to- to being a state, which is
uh to be ((a)) fully integrated to society the-
the motto on uh
uh the saying on the uh on the seal says "e pluribus unum"
Santorum:which is "out of many one" and- and you can't be one if we can't communicate with each other directly.
Interviewer:I mean that like on a daily basis we would have to speak English?
you have to have the- you have to be
you have to be a state- you have to be a people that is fluent as- in English
whether- whether business is conducted in English or- or family life is in Spanish or English is obviously a decision that the people can individually make
uh I think there's a great advantage of having as we see in
uh in South Florida, there's a great advantage, Miami has become a huge
capital of commerce
because of the ability for people to speak
uh both English and Spanish, but they do speak both English and Spanish
uh and that's- it's vitally important that uh the people of the island are given the gift of English
it is the language of success in- in the United States
uh it is the language of commerce
in the largest economy in the world
and we are not doing anybody in this island a favor by not following the law which is
that this is a uh society that speak- that will speak English in addition to speaking Spanish
and uh so I- I understand people see this as a barrier, I see this as an opportunity
uh to improve the economic life of the people on the island
and to improve their uh their educational capabilities and their ability to be able to uh provide for themselves ((and their families))
Interviewer:Do you believe a fully bilingual state can be part of the union?
Santorum:Uh well I mean in a sense Hawaii is that
I mean uh you know Hawaii came in and
my uh my daughter's out there right now and she is communicating to me in Hawaiian now she's learning of the language uh you know the language of- native language of Hawaii.
Santorum:uh and obviously Hawaii is a very
small unique culture
uh which uh
we fully accept it as uh as part of this country and- and-
Interviewer:What would be the difference in terms of- where do you draw the line in terms of language?
in terms of how- how much English do you need to speak in terms of
being part of the union?
Santorum:I- as I said before I mean I think what we would- what we would say is that there needs to be uh
proficiency in English, not just a knowledge of English but proficiency, that's- that's ((how people)) again we want
it's- it's very important that- that we have common ties
you see what- you see- you see what's happen- what happened in Quebec in Canada
Interviewer:Mm hm.
Santorum:and I think what you probably find- I suspect
that the vast majority of parents want their children to learn English
and be proficient in English because it's an opportunity for them to be
much- you know have much more economic opportunities
as well as you know to uh uh
as- as any parent as- as you know me
we always encourage our children to uh to pick up and know a second language it-
or a third or a fourth
I think this is- you know it's a- we're- we're a very
mobile world and- and the more languages you speak, the better opportunities you have for economic success
So I don't see this as
a threat to the culture of- of- uh of the island, I see this as a
as- as a necessary and important uh important step to affirm your commitment to fully integrate in to American uh American society as a state
and a tremendous opportunity for people here on the island, who in my opinion have been denied
uh a lot of economic opportunities because the government has uh has not emphasized the importance of English
that is [in] my understanding required under the law in the first place.