Spanish Channel Hosts Presidential Debate

It's a political first--a presidential debate broadcast in Spanish.

The seven Democratic candidates didn't speak in Spanish, but their answers were simultaneously translated.

Spanish-language network Univision hosted the debate in one of many new ways the candidates are reaching out.

"If you do not pay attention to the Hispanic community, you're running the risk of losing the future," co-moderator Jorge Ramos explained.

Hispanics are the fastest growing minority in America. Now 15-percent of the population, they are expected to reach 24-percent by
mid-century.

That translates into serious political power both parties are vying for.

The Republican Univision forum was canceled after every candidate except John McCain declined to appear.


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