Trip Gabriel, New York Times, January 2, 2011
Newt Gingrich promises to make English the official language of government, but on Monday he sent an e-mail appeal in Spanish asking for support at the Iowa caucuses.
With the subject line, “Ayudenos en Iowa,” the message continued in Spanish: “The Hispanic community is so important to the success of this campaign and you can make all the difference by making calls and getting the citizens of Iowa to vote on Jan. 3.”
It asked supporters to make phone calls from home to rally voters, explaining how to log on to the campaign’s Web site. “Please note there is a choice on top where you can switch between English and Spanish, depending on the language of the person who answers,” the message explained. Mr. Gingrich also has a Spanish version of his campaign site.
Asked if the Spanish-language appeal contradicted Mr. Gingrich’s call for English-only government transactions, a campaign spokesman said that Mr. Gingrich believes English should be the official language of the government. But he wants to communicate his message in the language of others.
“Juntos podemos reconstruir los Estados Unidos que amamos,” Mr. Gingrich’s message concludes.
“Together we can rebuild the America we love.”