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Newt Gingrich, former speaker of the house, recently stirred up controversy by decrying bilingual education programs in public schools as “the language of living in a ghetto.” Not exactly the tactic I’d choose for the Republican Party’s efforts to woo Latino voters.
Gingrich just posted his apology to his own YouTube channel, in Spanish with English subtitles. In it, he still calls for an end to bilingual education. “[W]e should replace bilingual education programs with intensive English instruction so we can all know the common language of our country.”
The video is presented in a stock talking-head format, with Gingrich gamely failing at pronunciation. However, it runs longer than a network news outfit would like — a freedom offered to political mea culpas online. More importantly, the metadata is also in Spanish, making it easier for YouTube’s considerable Spanish-language audience to find.
A full transcript is available in the release sent by Gingrich communications team.