GOP Candidates Threaten to Boycott Univision Debate Over Rubio Story

By Alex Weprin 

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At least three GOP Presidential candidates are threatening to boycott Univision’s upcoming primary debate in January. Mitt Romney, Rick Perry and Jon Huntsman have all said they will not participate unless the leading Spanish-language broadcaster explains what happened with a story about Senator Marco Rubio‘s stepbrother.

They made their announcement at the behest of three Florida Hispanic Republican lawmakers who noted that the senator’s office and Univision insiders said Univision publicized an embarrassing story about Rubio’s brother in law because he wouldn’t sit down for an interview on the show Al Punto, which has espoused a liberal line on the hot-topic of immigration.

The Perry campaign notes that NBC and Telemundo also have a debate scheduled for  that month, providing another option for politicians looking to court Latino voters.