Joe Biden has stated that he personally favors statehood. Scroll down to see the video.
He also said that the government must respect the outcome the November 3rd plebiscite and take action.
“Mr. Vice President, as opposed to my fellow intern colleagues present here today, I will not be able to vote for you in four months …. You see, Mr. Vice President, I am Puerto Rican; and despite Puerto Ricans possessing American citizenship by birth, and thousands of brave Puerto Rican soldiers like my father having served and even died for our nation, many dying as we speak, we are denied equal voting and representation rights under the American flag,” the intern began. “Mr. Vice President, do you think we are contradicting ourselves as a nation when we preach freedom and democracy abroad in countries within the Middle East, and yet, to this very day, we maintain 3.7 million American citizens on the island of Puerto Rico under a disenfranchised political status, where they are denied the most basic fundamental rights enshrined in our U.S. Constitution?”
“I must say, that is a very good question,” said Biden, who was Vice President of the United States at the time. “I have always found Puerto Rico’s current political status as something very bizarre. My word of advice to you, and all Puerto Ricans, is that you continue to fight hard until you reach your goal of equality, and we shall act.”
Was “we” in that case the White House? Congress actually makes the decision whether or not to admit a new state. Perhaps “we” meant the federal government as a whole.
Biden was Vice President when Puerto Rico voted for statehood in 2012. The White House at that time said that the 2012 vote was “a clear result.” However, Congress took no action.
Biden said, “I will work with representatives who support each of the status options in Puerto Rico in a fair and binding process so that they can determine their own status. I happen to believe that statehood would be the most effective means of ensuring that residents of Puerto Rico are treated equally, with the same representation at the federal level. But the people of Puerto Rico must decide, and the United States federal government must respect their decision and act on it.”
Vídeo of @JoeBiden expressing his personal support for #Statehood4PuertoRico, saying voters in PR must decide & federal government must respect and act on that decision. Clear signal that the #Nov3rd Statehood YES or NO plebiscite matters not just to PR but to America as a whole. pic.twitter.com/mWWccUcWOp
— PR51st #Statehood4PR🇺🇸🇵🇷 (@PuertoRico51st) September 16, 2020
We consider this a clear statement favoring statehood for Puerto Rico. We would like to remind Mr. Biden that the people of Puerto Rico have already decided, and have voted three times for statehood. The federal government must now respect the vote and admit Puerto Rico as a state.