U.S. Congressional Debate In California Hosted Entirely In Spanish (Video)

A Saturday morning debate between Rep. David Valadao (R-CA) and his Democratic challenger, Amanda Renteria, was hosted in Spanish, the Fresno Bee reports.

The debate, hosted by Univision Fresno at Fresno State in Bakersfield, Calif., the Fresno Bee wrote, was “conducted entirely in Spanish.”

“It was geared toward Latino voters and focused on topics including immigration, water, agriculture and the economy,” according to reporter Andrea Castillo.

Univision Fresno’s David Ibarro hosted the debate, in which both candidates abdicated English to speak only Spanish.

“Valadao’s parents, who were Portuguese immigrants, taught him their native language before he learned English,” Castillo wrote. “He picked up Spanish during and after high school, mainly by speaking to workers on his family’s ranch. Renteria, the daughter of a Mexican immigrant, said she grew up speaking both Spanish and English.”


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