We’ve pointed out many times that statehood is a bipartisan issue, supported by both U.S. mainstream political parties. More than that, we want a clear statement from all candidates of all political persuasions.
Kimberly Ruff, the Libertarian presidential candidate, does not support statehood for Puerto Rico.
The Libertarian Party in the States is like the Independence Party in Puerto Rico: the number of voters who choose it is so small that Libertarian candidates almost never win elections.
But the Libertarian Party already has a presidential candidate for 2020, and this candidate was interviewed on a Libertarian podcast by a Puerto Rican host.
The question was phrased oddly. “Would you sell Puerto Rico, make it a state, or leave it the way it is?” the interviewer asked.
Ruff came back with another question:
“Why are we still maintaining them as a territory?” Ruff replied, “haven’t they been petitioning for a long time for autonomy and independence? Like what’s the value in maintaining them as a territory and yet not permitting them the same rights we permit other states?”
No, Puerto Rico has not been petitioning for independence.
“I would say give them their autonomy, let them do their thing!” Ruff continued.
Ruff’s response doesn’t reflect a lot of deep thought on Puerto Rico’s status. It appears that she was ready to come down on “sell Puerto Rico” as her answer after asking the podcast host a quick question about the Island.
Presidential candidates for 2020 need to learn about Puerto Rico. They need to care as much about Puerto Rico as they do about the states. And they need to have a good answer for the question: “Where do you stand on Puerto Rico statehood?”
“Let them do their thing!” is not a good answer.