Sanchez challenger scores Spanish-language interview

Republican congressional candidate Van Tran will take to Spanish-language television this weekend to respond to Rep. Loretta Sanchez's (D-Calif.) targeting of his ethnicity.

Tran, Sanchez's Republican challenger this fall, will appear on Univision's "Al Punto" on Sunday to respond to the congresswoman's assertion that, "The Vietnamese and the Republicans are...[trying] to take this seat."

The appearance is a major opportunity for Tran to appeal to Spanish-speaking constituents in California's 47th Congressional District, which covers Orange County and has historically favored Democrats.

Conservatives pounced on Sanchez's remarks, made last week in an interview with Univision anchor Jorge Ramos, who will also conduct this weekend's sit-down with Tran.

"The Vietnamese and the Republicans are, with an intensity, (trying) to take this seat — this seat (from which) we have done so much for our community — to take this seat and give it to this Van Tran, who is very anti-immigrant and very anti-Hispanic," she said, according to a translation by the Orange County Register.