Santorum says Puerto Rico must adopt English as official language if it wants statehood

Rick Santorum said Puerto Rico would have to adopt English as its primary language if it wants to achieve statehood.

"Like any other state, there has to be compliance with this and any other federal law," Santorum told a local newspaper, El Vocero, according to Reuters. "And that is that English has to be the principal language. There are other states with more than one language such as Hawaii, but to be a state of the United States, English has to be the principal language."

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The U.S. Constitution does not say that a state has to have English — or any other language — as its official language. Likewise, there is no requirement that a U.S. territory such as Puerto Rico have English as its official language.

Santorum's made the statement during a swing through Puerto Rico, where he is also slated to meet with Puerto Rico Gov. Luis Fortuño (R) an advocate of Puerto Rican statehood. Fortuño endorsed Mitt Romney in late January.