Thursday, May 04, 2006

FLUENT IN SPANISH The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, August 3, 2000:
The GOP presidential candidate's first words were in Spanish.

"Vamos a ganar," said Bush, before bringing former foe John McCain and his wife, Cindy, on stage.

Bush, who is fluent in Spanish, was telling the crowd, "We are going to win. "
The Palm Beach Post, October 27, 2000:
Texas Gov. George W. Bush, fluent in Spanish and with considerable Mexican-American support from his home state, has much to lose if the GOP is seen as the party that oppresses immigrants.
The Associated Press, September 20, 2000:
Hispanics have tended to register and vote as Democrats, but Texas Gov. George W. Bush, the Republican candidate for president, is fluent in Spanish and is believed to hold wide appeal for that group.
Los Angeles Daily News, February 24, 2000:
Bush, who is fluent in Spanish but chose to speak English, appeared at a town-hall forum with Latino voters organized by Univision, the Spanish- language television network, held at Loyola Marymount University in Westchester.
Wonder where these media outlets (and many others) got the mistaken impression that Bush is fluent.

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