White House Weighs in on Puerto Rican Statehood Vote

Dania Alexandrino and Catherine Shoichet, CNN, December 5, 2012

After more than 800,000 Puerto Rican voters said they want the island to become the 51st U.S. state, the White House is calling on lawmakers to take action.

“Congress should now study the results closely, and provide the people of Puerto Rico with a clear path forward that lays out the means by which Puerto Ricans themselves can determine their own status,” White House spokesman Jay Carney told reporters this week.

Last month’s statehood referendum in Puerto Rico was nonbinding, but it was the first time such a measure garnered a majority of votes; 61% of voters who cast ballots on that question said they supported the island commonwealth becoming a U.S. state.

Critics say the two-part plebiscite on Puerto Rico’s status was unclear and doesn’t accurately represent the will of the island. Even the White House hasn’t been clear about what the vote means, they say.


The first ballot question asked Puerto Rican voters whether they supported the island’s status as a U.S. commonwealth; 54% of them said no.

In response to the second question, which asked voters to select an alternative, 61% of those who cast ballots chose statehood, but more than 480,000 people abstained from voting on that question.

“They could have voted for statehood, if they had really supported it,” said Maria de Lourdes Santiago, senator-elect for the Puerto Rican Independence Party, which supports the island becoming its own sovereign republic. “When you combine all the votes, statehood doesn’t appear as the true winner in the second question about non-colonial options.”

One thing is clear, the White House spokesman said Monday: Puerto Ricans “want a resolution to the issue of the island’s political status.”

Congressional action in Washington would be necessary for Puerto Rico to become a state.

Statehood has long been a thorny issue in Puerto Rico, with political parties sharply divided over the matter.


A law passed in 1917 made Puerto Ricans U.S. citizens. But the Caribbean island’s roughly 4 million residents cannot vote for president

Under its status as a commonwealth, Puerto Rico is subject to U.S. federal laws, though island residents are exempt from some federal taxes. Puerto Rico has a nonvoting representative in Congress.

After last month’s referendum, McClintock said an economic downturn and shrinking population contributed to the support for statehood, where as referendums in 1967, 1993 and 1998 failed.


An exodus of residents from the island has culminated in a staggering statistic: 58% of Puerto Ricans live in the mainland United States, McClintock said.


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  • Puggg

    If Puerto Rico can vote its way in, can Texas vote its way out?

    • Nathanwartooth

      Don’t worry once Texas becomes majority Hispanic and wants to succeed liberals will be screaming that it’s actually constitutional and how we are racist if we don’t let them.

      Of course they will still want US federal welfare and healthcare subsidies but be part of Mexico instead. It will be racist if you speak out against it.

      • Liberalsuck

        Liberals are only made at the people who want secession because they are nonliberal whites who don’t socialism. The liberal whites and nonwhites want the (conservative) white people around because they are the ones who work, pay the taxes which means their taxes go to support the diversity and third-world parasites and all the other ills of socialism. They know they can’t survive without conservative, blue-collar white people. I ask when the conservative white people are going to finally have enough and take action which means to quit asking our enemies and oppressors for permission to defy them.

      • ageofknowledge

        Modern liberalism is a mental disorder.

    • GeneticsareDestiny

      No, because ‘das raciss’. If Texas leaves, the whites of the state can choose to stop funding welfare and affirmative action! They might even stop letting illegals in! The elites know they can’t allow this.

      • Liberalsuck

        If whites were independent and weren’t under the jurisdiction of the federal government and had their own laws, that means the blacks, browns and liberal whites would have to work for a living and would have to support their own children and their own lifestyles. They fear whites who stand up because that means it threatens their gravy train.

    • whiteyyyyy

      That’s a reasonable argument. It would open the door.

    • i am

      Texas ought to sell Puerto Rico its membership.

  • StillModerated

    Since The USA stole Puerto Rico from the Spanish, we should sell it back for $1. The Monroe Doctrine be damned.

    • Have you read “The Ransom of Red Chief?”

      • pcmustgo

        no, what is it

        • IstvanIN

          The Ransom of Red Chief is a 1910 short story by O. Henry.
          It follows two men who kidnap and attempt to ransom a wealthy
          Alabaman’s son; eventually, the men are driven to distraction by the boy
          and end up having to pay the boy’s father to take him back.

          • Thanks. I couldn’t be bothered.

      • StillModerated

        Was that an O. Henry story?

        • Yeah. The point is, we’d probably have to pay Spain to take Puerto Rico back at this point.

    • Oil Can Harry

      As if Spain would want Welfare Island back.

  • The__Bobster

    Some Rinos like Newt-Wit and Jack Kemp actually wanted this parasitic possession to become a state.

    • newscomments70

      Romney also supported PR statehood.

  • You Are Now Enriched

    Q: What’s 4 million more Democratic voters when the enemy is White privilege?

    A: Weaponized Diversity.

    • pcmustgo

      Alex Jones even said , referring to Mexicans, “They use these populations of non-whites as weapons against us”

      • You Are Now Enriched

        Millions of Whites are so conditioned to hate naturally healthy racism that even when confronted with the truth of ugly and dangerous Weaponized Diversity, they will hate themselves for “finally getting it”.

        • Liberalsuck

          When they fight back, it won’t be easy. Whites have gotten too soft since both world wars and it will take a hell of a lot push before they fight back. Our so-called white conservative establishment caving in and pandering to nonwhites and ousting the ‘racists from their party’ doesn’t help matter much either.

          • You Are Now Enriched

            The White GOP leaders now say you can’t hurt Dem voters feelings by speaking about how much free stuff Obama is giving them. White evangelical Christians leaders, cheerleading for the GOP, are now saying Jesus wants us to love the stranger among us by giving them Amnesty Citizenship, and also that the God of the Bible is really Allah.

            America is over, and under the new Diversity Rule, your attitudes toward the future will either become dystopian, or you will be completely unable to cope with the looming horrors.

  • DudeWheresMyCountry?

    Before a vote by Puerto Ricans took place a vote by Americans should have been taken. The US citizen has no say in this, it is their call and Washington’s. I’ve been to Puerto Rico and it really isn’t in the mold of America… but neither are large swaths of mainland USA nowadays.

    • Also, there are large numbers of Puerto Ricans in the Orlando, Florida area who were recruited by Disney World and the hotels there. This group was partially responsible for Obama winning Florida in the last election.

    • Liberalsuck

      Since when does our government ask (white) Americans what we want?

  • IstvanIN

    The vote in PR was two part to get the answer the independence party wanted, only it backfired.

  • i am

    When your boat is taking on water, the best thing to do is put holes in the bottom to let it drain out. This is how we will keep America afloat: by putting more holes in it. Remember, the Titanic has not sunk once in the last 100 years. Of course it hasn’t floated in the last 100 years either, but we should just look at the bright side.

  • I think that in order for Puerto Rico to become a state, they would need a higher percentage of voters approving statehood.

    • IstvanIN

      The Governor elect is against statehood so it probably won’t go anywhere.

    • Michael_C_Scott

      They also wouldn’t want the first part of the ballot iniative to come out “no” by 54%.

  • NoRegistration

    ““Congress should now study the results closely, and provide the people of Puerto Rico with a clear path forward that lays out the means by which Puerto Ricans themselves can determine their own status,”

    LOL, when half the country tried to “determine its status” 150 years ago, hundreds of thousands of people died because the government knew better. Doesn’t it always?

    Why doesn’t the White House admit that it is only encouraging this to speed the ethnic cleansing of Whites from this country? Who wants Puerto Rico to be a state except some Puerto Ricans and the idiot stooges in congress? All they want is $$$

    • Liberalsuck

      Puerto Ricans are just parasites that want the be “american citizens” so they can suck the white taxpayers dry. Bastards. If they become a 51st state, I really hope that motivates and pisses off white people more to secede.

  • Jeff

    We are so close to permanent, irreversible loss at this point. Statehood for PR or DC would do it (two senators, plus more house members, all 100% Democratic forever). Voting rights for felons would do it (estimating more than ten million more Democrats). A citizenship track for illegal aliens (again, at least ten million more Democrats). Anchor babies growing up and starting to vote in Texas will do it.

    This is so painful to me, this is the last moment when the train wreck is not yet inevitable, and we (whites) haven’t yet realized we need to throw on the brakes.

  • red nation

    Its not for the benefit of the female Clinton in 2016 or any other liberal. Make no mistake Obama is changing the Constitution to get a 3rd or 4th term and beyond and cant overlook the small potatoes once he legalizes his 50 million spics.He has big plans for his regime and will not turn over the bank keys or printing presses without a big fight. Recession is the only answer. Split everything up evenly and get the hell out before its out of control. Take half the 16 trillion debt and everything else including all assets and govt buildings etc.Split it like a divorce settlement. Regroup and save your race your kids and grand kids and their kids and grand kids. Do it for them not you. They deserve it. You don’t. You screwed it all up for them allowed all this to happen.

  • Hirene

    Don’t the liberal whites realize that the non-whites will demand affirmative action, making it harder for their children to get a job. Even if they do, it will be a hostile work environment. These non-whites will sit on juries biased against them. Hillary is not going to save the white soccer moms because she is an idiot. Remember Benghazi?

    • Liberalsuck

      Liberal whites aren’t exactly the brightest people in the world. If they were around 200 years ago, they would have starved to death or been killed by a grizzly bear. It really boggles my mind as to why any white person can be a liberal. There is no logical or evolutionary reason why liberalism prevails. Liberals couldn’t make it in a every-man-for-themselves scenario. They will be in deep you-know-what once this country finally collapses and there won’t be any people willing or about to support them.

      • Anon12

        Don’t forget most of these so-called liberal “whites” are Jewish….It is a well known fact that most Jews are liberal/socialist. Let us not confuse that word “white” as to mean it is US that vote liberal.

  • Anon12

    NO!!!! Cut off any ties to Puerto Rico! They deserve NOTHING, not our welfare which they now get, nor any Statehood! Why do we allow our enemies within to dictate the fate of OUR own race by flooding us with nonwhites? How much longer are we going to put up with this evil? Send all our nonwhites to Puerto Rico instead.

    • Laura Mayer

      Billions of dollars are spent giving Puerto Ricans on both the island and the “mainland” social-welfare benefits each year. Let’s finally give this third world island its independance and then offer all PRs a lump sum of say $50,000 to get them out of our hair once and for all. In exchange for excepting the payout they would have to renounce their American citizenship and become Puerto Rican citizens instead. Any mainland PRs that take the deal would be required to move back to the Madre Patria since they reliquished their US citzenship as well.

  • MikeofAges

    Puerto Rico is a Spanish speaking polity, although I sure that the elite many others as well speak English also. However, Puerto Rico may want independence someday. Are we supposed to let them secede when we fought a Civil War over that issue? Not a good idea.

    • Michael_C_Scott

      I would like P.R. to secede. I would also like Colorado to secede.

      • MikeofAges

        Puerto Rico does not have to secede. It is not a state. It can be granted its independence at any time. If it was a state, that option would be off the table.

        • IstvanIN

          It would not have that option if admitted to the Union.

  • Luca

    Why would 61% of Puerto Ricans vote themselves into the realm of the IRS from which they are now immune? Because they have no illusions about paying taxes when they see that their compadres on the mainland can milk the system with ease. They can work under the table and collect the earned income credit. In essence they are not voting for Statehood they are voting for the earned income credit and the ability to vote for future liberal benefactors fashioned in the Obama mold.

  • newscomments70

    Curiously, the current governer of Puerto Rico, Luis Fortuno, is Republican. I wonder how that could be explained.

    • ATBOTL

      PR was managed incompetently, there was a budget crisis and the economy collapsed. That made people briefly open to new leadership.

      But he LOST reelection despite doing a good job. That’s proof there is no hope these folks will embrace the GOP in the long term, no matter how bad Democrats screw up.

  • ageofknowledge

    That’s just four years of illegal immigration at the current level. Sad but true. Four million more takers would join the million per year takers pouring in and birthing many more millions of takers. Eventually, it just crashes.