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Jubilee USA Launches Puerto Rico Radio Spots

By on March 5, 2016

SAN JUAN – Jubilee USA is running radio spots focused on Puerto Rico’s debt crisis in Florida ahead of the state’s March 15th presidential primary. The ads first ran in Texas ahead of the state’s “Super Tuesday” primary. The radio placement urges presidential candidates to address the crisis. Florida’s primary may play an important role in the U.S. presidential election and is home to more than 1 million Puerto Ricans.

“Puerto Rico’s debt crisis is a critical campaign issue,” stated Eric LeCompte, executive director of Jubilee USA, a religious development coalition. “The American citizens on the island are being treated like second class citizens and the Puerto Ricans in Florida are voting with the crisis on their minds,” he added in Friday’s statement.

At a recent Republican debate, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio repeated his opposition to granting Puerto Rico access to Chapter 9 bankruptcy protection. In an op-ed in September, he wrote that Puerto Rico must find its own way to get its financial house in order.

The other remaining Republican candidates have not spoken in detail about the Puerto Rico crisis. The remaining Democratic candidates support bankruptcy protection.

“Congress needs to provide Puerto Rico with comprehensive tools to resolve the crisis in a timely way,” LeCompte said. “If Congressional action is not comprehensive, Puerto Rico will still be knocking on the doors of Capitol Hill.”

“As Congress debates extending bankruptcy rights to Puerto Rico, perhaps we should ask presidential candidates where they stand on giving these U.S. citizens the same protections as all other Americans,” the ad says.

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