The question seemed harmless enough: Should Puerto Rico become a state?
Raul Labrador and Vaughn Ward, the Republican primary candidates in Idaho's 1st congressional district, were asked that question at a forum this week in Post Falls.
Here is howWard answered the question: Theproblem with extending statehood to some, to any other country, is that thentheinfrastructure requirements...cost an enormous amount of money. He went on: Let's focus onwhat's important here. It's about putting Americans back to work. It's about putting this country right again. And I don't see that andI don't care what state it is or what country it is that wants to become a part of America; it's not time, it's not going to be time. Let's focus on us first.
Labrador, who was born and raised in Puerto Rico,responded: I just need to correct, Puerto Rico is not a country, Puerto Rico is a territory of the United States. It's about time that we took some civics lesson and we learn what Puerto Rico is.
Ward: I really don't care what it is. I mean, it doesn't matter. I don't care...
Labrador: Obviously you don't.
Challenged again by Labrador onThursdayafternoon, Ward said that he simply misspoke andthat he knows Puerto Rico is a territory.
You can watch the entire exchange between the candidateshere.
Idaho's primaryis next Tuesday.