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The Interview, Conducted by “Noticiero Telemundo” News Anchor José Díaz-Balart Aired on Friday, April 13 (6:30 pm ET/PT, 5:30 pm CT). An Extended Version Will Run ON “Enfoque con José Díaz-Balart” on Sunday, April 15 (12 p.m. ET/PT, 11 a.m. CT)
President Barack Obama joined news anchor, José Díaz-Balart in an in-depth conversation about the economy, international relations, immigration reform and other subjects of interest to the Hispanic community, before heading to the “2012 Summit of the Americas” in Cartagena, Colombia.
The conversation opened with the subject of North Korea and the potential consequences of its recent failed missile test: “They make all these investments, tens of millions of dollars in rockets that don’t work at a time when their people are starving, literally. What we intend to do it to work with the international community to further isolate North Korea,” said the President.
When asked about immigration reform, the President blamed Republicans for blocking it: “Somehow Republicans want to have it both ways, they want to vote against these laws and appeal to anti-immigrant sentiment when we have a nominee who said that Arizona laws, which allow those same kids with Latino surnames to potentially be picked up and asked for their papers, and then they come and say: ‘but we really care about getting this issue resolved once and for all.’ That looks like hypocrisy to me. What I want to see is folks to be serious about getting this issue resolved once and for all. I am prepared to do it. I am going to fight for it, I am going to push for it, and I think the vast majority of democrats are going to do so as well.”
The interview is part of a series of informative specials and segments that make up “Decisión 2012,” a Telemundo News initiative that houses all reporting related to the 2012 elections, complemented with the public service campaign “Vota por tu futuro” (“Vote for your future”) created to raise awareness among the Hispanic population about the importance of exercising the right to vote.