GOP Presidential candidate New Gingrich sent out an e-mail earlier this week in an effort to garner the support of more Spanish-speaking voters before today’s Iowa Caucus.
Gingrich, who has said in the past that has advocated for making English the official language of government, sent out the e-mail with the subject line “Ayúdenos en Iowa.”
“These last hours are crucial to the success in Iowa and we will need your help in these final moments,” the bilingual e-mailed newsletter stated. “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 January 3.”
The former Speaker of the House has been one of the few Republican candidates to go against the party grain this campaign season when it comes to immigration. During a November debate, Gingrich said that he did not believe that an undocumented immigrant who has lived in the U.S. for 25 years and has family here should not be deported.
The backlash from other candidates and party hard-liners from that comment led Gingrich to toughen his immigration stance during December’s Fox News debate in Iowa. While he refused to back down from his statement, Gingrich did say that the federal government should drop lawsuits against states, like Arizona and Alabama, with strict immigration laws.
In response to the apparent contradiction between Gingrich’s Spanish-language message and his call for English-only government transactions, a campaign spokesman told the New York Times that Gingrich wants to spread his message in the language of others, but that he believes English should be the official language of the government.
The e-mail ends with the message “Juntos podemos reconstruir los Estados Unidos que amamos,” or in English “Together we can rebuild the America we love.”