By the half-way point of the primary Democratic presidential debate, three candidates and one moderator had spoken in Spanish, some attempts a little more fluent than others.
The bilingual gambits started with former Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke, who for his first query began by conversing in his second language.
O’Rourke, was responding to a question about whether or not he would assist a marginal individual 70% tax rate on the highest earners. He answered in Spanish translated to: “We have to embrace everyone within the success of this financial system. However, if we wish to do that, we’ve to incorporate everybody in our democracy. Each voter wants representation, and each voice should be listened to.”
Throughout O’Rourke’s response, New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker looked confused but then tried to one-up him by additionally answering a query about immigration in the language.
“The state of affairs right now is unacceptable. This president has attacked, has demonized immigrants. It’s unacceptable. I’m going to alter that,” Booker, 50, said in heavily accented Spanish.
After that, one of the moderators, José Díaz-Balart of Telemundo, broke into Spanish to ask a query to O’Rourke about immigration.
“Congressman O’Rourke, what would you do in your first day, if you had been president, about this actuality that’s occurring?” Díaz-Balart requested.
O’Rourke answered again in Spanish, “We are going to deal with everybody with the respect and dignity they deserve as humans.”
Motivational speaker and Democratic presidential candidate Marianne Williamson, 66, who’s slated to debate on Thursday, joked in regards to the bilingualism over Twitter, writing, “I must learn Spanish by tomorrow night at 9.”