Univision, ‘Disappointed’ In Debate Commission, Calls For Latino ‘Forum’

Source: Dylan Byers / Politico

Univision President Randy Falco has written a letter to the Commission on Presidential Debates expressing “disappointment on behalf of the millions of Hispanics who do not have a voice in the upcoming presidential debates” and called for the creation of a forum in which the two presidential candidates would address the Latino community.

“This November more than 20 million Hispanics could play a critical role in electing the new President of the United States and it is important that they make an informed decision,” Falco wrote. “The debates announced yesterday presented an ideal opportunity to tap one of the two best journalists in the business who have a broad understanding of the domestic and international issues facing this country, understand the Hispanic community better than anyone else and are fully bilingual: Jorge Ramos and Maria Elena Salinas.”

The Commission announced this year’s presidential debate moderators on Monday, all of whom are white and represent mainstream television networks. The omission of a Latino moderator comes at a time when Latinos are the fastest-growing minority in the Unites States, expected to make up roughly a third of the country’s population by 2050.

Univision’s network interests notwithstanding, other Latino names have been bandied about as potential moderators, including CNN’s Soledad O’Brien and Telemundo’s Jose Diaz-Balart.

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