Publicado el 09-20-2012
“Great Meeting” with
Mitt Romney on Univisión
On Wednesday, September 19th, 2012, the Univisión network broadcast a live-taped program at the Bank United Center of the University of Miami with Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney. The “Meeting” was titled “Education and its Future” and renowned journalists Jorge Ramos and María Elena Salinas were in charge of asking the questions, as well as some questions made by the public.
The one-hour long “Meeting” was not limited to the topic of education. Moreover, it could be said that not much was said about education. The candidate was asked about immigration, about the economy, the health-care reform and even about relations with México. His replies at all times were clear and precise.
A teacher in the public asked Romney what he would do to ensure that teachers were paid higher salaries commensurate with their work. Romney spoke about the need to properly pay good teachers, but what was not said is that the federal government can not do much in terms of teachers’ salaries, besides establishing some norms, because those salaries are paid with state funds and the school boards of the individual counties are the ones that handle everything about education in each jurisdiction. If the economy of the states is affected, as it is now, by the economic crisis especially in real estate, the states will have less tax revenues and will have to make adjustments which, eventually, could affect the teachers, as well as the rest of the population.
When he was asked about what President Obama has done for the young Latinos known as “Dreamers” assuring them that they will not be deported so that they can continue studying, Romney said that he would do something permanent for them, not temporary as President Obama has done with this plan that helps them for two years only, and he mentioned the bills which Senator Marco Rubio has been working on to help these worthy young men and women.
It could be said that, altogether, the program with simultaneous translation, was satisfactory in the sense that it offered candidate Romney the opportunity to clarify concepts and, also, to give the voters an idea about his plans.