Is Campaign-Trail Spanish Really What Latino Voters Want to Hear?

It might not be, according to polls, but that isn’t stopping Beto O’Rourke, Cory Booker and others

The New York Times
Jul 5 · 7 min read
A recent poll by a Latino advocacy group showed that a candidate’s ability to speak Spanish was last on a list of Latino voters’ priorities. Photo: Paul Ratje/AFP/Getty Images

By Jennifer Medina

MIAMI — In his months on the campaign trail, Beto O’Rourke has wanted to make one thing explicitly clear: He is not a pendejo.

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