Dems' Miami Debate Makes Foray Into Spanish

First presidential debate translated live on Univision
By Lucas Laursen,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 10, 2007 7:51 AM CDT
Democratic Presidential hopefuls stand together before the start of the Democratic primary debate hosted by Univision at the Bank Atlantic Center in Coral Gables, Fla. Sunday Sept. 9, 2007. From left...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Democratic hopefuls took part in a Spanish-language debate in Miami yesterday, having questions translated UN-style from Spanish to English, and answers back again into Spanish. Though he'd agreed to the ground rules, bilingual contender Bill Richardson couldn't resist  asking in Spanish if he could continue in Spanish, and Sen. Chris Dodd also took the opportunity to flaunt his fluency.

The candidates focused on bonding with an estimated 43-million Spanish-speaking voters, according to the Miami Herald, discussing immigration reform, the trade embargo with Cuba, and the paucity of American aid to Latin America. The Univision-hosted event marked the first Spanish-language presidential debate. (Read more Election 2008 stories.)