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García Padilla Asks Rubio to Help Puerto Rico

By on March 6, 2016

SAN JUAN – Gov. Alejandro García Padilla asked Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio to help enact legislation as senator to protect Puerto Rico from “anarchy” in the reorganization of its $70 billion public debt.

“As Sen. Rubio gets to know voters on the island, he will be able to see the fiscal and humanitarian crisis affecting Puerto Rican families,” the governor said in a statement issued by La Fortaleza.

García Padilla’s statement follows Rubio’s arrival to Puerto Rico Saturday night to stoke his followers from Toa Baja, where he was hosted by Mayor Aníbal Vega Borges and the top brass of the Republican Party on the island, headed by national Committeewoman Zoraida Fonalledas and Chairwoman Jenniffer González along with former Gov. Luis Fortuño and U.S. Congressman Rob Bishop.

“We need an ally in Washington to give us the restructuring tools necessary to avoid an interruption of public services and grow our economy,” García Padilla stated.

The governor added that, as a senator, Rubio “represents more than a million Puerto Ricans in Florida, and I hope he will eventually help enact legislation to protect Puerto Rico from a chaotic restructuring.”

Just as other U.S. presidential candidates have said for decades, including President Barack Obama, Rubio pledged to help Puerto Rico resolve its political status, this time through a referendum backed by the U.S. government.

Puerto Rico has been under the U.S. Congress’ control since 1898, even though Washington created the Commonwealth (Free-Associated State) in 1952 to remove the island from the United Nations’ list of countries that had not achieved sovereignty.

Upon Rubio’s arrival to Toa Baja’s sports complex, where people carried signs that read “Puerto Rico, State 51,” he told the press why he had come to the island. “We are here to win the vote of Puerto Ricans and Republicans on the island.”

“The governor and his administration have contributed to the crisis… the economic situation the island is facing must be improved, and the only way to improve the situation is with economic growth,” he said in response to García Padilla’s appeal.

Despite committing to help solve the fiscal crisis in Puerto Rico, Rubio used the opportunity to censure García Padilla’s administration for wanting to solve the situation through the federal bankruptcy law.

“Any state that is spending more than it takes in will have a problem,” Rubio said while accompanied by leaders of the Republican Party on the island.

It is assumed Rubio will win Puerto Rico’s Sunday primary over rivals Donald Trump, Ted Cruz and John Kasich.

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