Photo: Gov. Perry and Huntsman Join Boycott of Univision in Support of Florida Sen. Rubio
Texas Gov. Rick Perry and Gov. John Huntsman have vowed to boycott the presidential debate that was to be shown on Univision after they claim the network treated GOP wonderboy Sen. Marco Rubio unethically.
Univision had scheduled the airing of a program that examined Sen. Rubio’s brother in-law’s 1987 drug bust. Rubio was upset by this and demanded that it not be shown. Though Univision had stated the story was about the brother in-law, they allegedly hinted that the story would either be kill or softened in exchange for an interview with the Florida Senator.
Florida Republicans called for a boycott of Univision and sent an open letter to the Republican National Committee calling on them to also boycott the network until an apology was given to Rubio.
“Besides the fact that Senator Rubio was only 16 at the time and had no involvement whatsoever in this incident,” the letter wrote, “It has now come to light that Univision Television Network attempted to extort an exclusive interview from Senator Rubio in exchange for not airing the story.”
The letter goes on to say that “the only acceptable solution in this matter is for Univision Television Network immediately to issue a public apology to the Rubio family and to request the resignation of News President Isaac Lee for his direct involvement.”
Now, Governors Perry and Huntsman have joined the boycott with Perry releasing a statement saying, “Governor Perry will not consider participating in the January 29, 2012, Univision debate until your network addresses this ethical breach and takes action to correct it.”
Gov. Huntsman also released a statement saying he would also not be participating in the January debate until the matter is resolved in a “timely and satisfactory manner.”