Pete Gallego and Quico Canseco to Have First-of-its-Kind Spanish Language Debate

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Big news out of the race for the 23rd congressional district. On Tuesday, September 25th, State Rep. Gallego and Rep. Canseco (hisssss) will hold the first Spanish language debate between major Texas candidates.

The debate, held by AARP Texas and KWEX Univision 41, will focus on the future of Social Security and Medicare. How Canseco, who's deeply opposed to those two programs, can win this debate is a problem for the philosophers.

KWEX's press release:

AARP and KWEX Univision 41 to hold historic

Spanish-language congressional debate

Congressman Canseco and State Representative Gallego to address the

community at Palo Alto College on September 25

SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS — AARP Texas and KWEX Univision 41 announced today a partnership to host a historic Spanish-language debate on Tuesday, September 25, 2012 for Congressional District 23. This debate will feature incumbent Francisco “Quico” Canseco (R-San Antonio) and State Representative Pete Gallego (D-Alpine).

Univision will broadcast an edited version of the debate on Saturday, September 29, 2012 at 10 a.m. (CST) in various markets throughout Congressional District 23, which runs from the south side of San Antonio to just southeast of El Paso. Congressional District 23 is, geographically, one of the largest districts in the country.

“This will be an excellent opportunity for the candidates to explain their positions on key matters affecting our retirement security — particularly the future of Social Security and Medicare,” said AARP Texas State Director Bob Jackson. “AARP is committed to providing information to help

voters make informed decisions about pocketbook issues and we are particularly pleased to partner with Univision to reach out to voters in CD 23.”

KWEX Univision 41 is consistently ranked among the top TV stations in San Antonio, regardless of language, in both news and programming.”We are pleased that the candidates Pete Gallego and Francisco “Quico” Canseco have accepted to participate in this historic Spanish-language debate,” said Jeff Zimmerman, vice president, general manager and director of Sales, Univision

San Antonio. “The debate will address topics relevant not only to San Antonio Latinos, but the Hispanic community at-large.”

AARP launched You've Earned a Say earlier this year to take the debate about Medicare and Social Security out from behind closed doors in Washington and engage everyday Americans in a conversation about changes being proposed to these vital programs. For more information, please visit

In conjunction with “Destino 2012”, this debate is part of Univision's mission to inform, entertain and empower the U.S. Hispanic community. The primary goal is to create a direct-line of communication between the candidates and Univision's audiences to address the most important issues impacting San Antonio and beyond.


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Ben Sherman has been a BOR staff writer since 2011. A graduate of the University of Texas, Ben has worked on campaigns, in political consulting, and has written for other news outlets like Think Progress. Ben considers campaign finance reform the fundamental challenge of our time because it distorts almost every other issue in American politics.

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