The Rittenhouse Review

A Philadelphia Journal of Politics, Finance, Ethics, and Culture


Friday, June 09, 2006  

SANTORUM GOES BOTH WAYS
Multiple-Audience Message Activity

Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pa.) is hoping to make immigration law a major issue in his upcoming campaign against Democrat Bob Casey Jr., as explained in "Suddenly, Senate Race is All About Immigration," by Tom Infield in today's Philadelphia Inquirer. (That headline, by the way, seems to me to be a bit of a stretch.)

More interesting, though, is Infield's sidebar accompanying the story, "Santorum Web Site Sends Mixed Signal," where he read:

English-language visitors to www.ricksantorum.com encountered a home page filled with concern about the "amnesty-ridden proposal" the U.S. Senate adopted to deal with illegal immigration.

But a section of the site for Spanish readers made no mention of amnesty in its discourse on immigration. Nor did it refer to "rewarding criminal behavior" of illegal immigrants, as the English version did. […]

Virginia Davis, the Republican senator's spokeswoman, said Santorum was not deliberately crafting different messages for different people. She said the English version had been updated since passage of the Senate bill May 25 and that the Spanish had not.

"Probably next week we'll have the identical version in Spanish," she said.

I hope some who can read Spanish will monitor the site to see whether Davis is telling the truth.

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