Univision Republican Debate Tonight at 7pm EST

For all interested, it will be a Spanish-language broadcast debate airing on Univision (DirecTV channel 402) tonight at 7pm eastern.

Here’s a story from Newsday:

Seeking to reverse defections by Hispanic voters, Republican presidential candidates will participate tonight in the party’s first debate on a Spanish-language network. But the jury is out on whether the move is too little, too late.

All but one Republican candidate declined an invitation to debate on the same network, Univision, in September. Seven of the eight Democratic candidates, in contrast, debated that month on Univision, the nation’s largest Spanish-language network.

Most GOP contenders, including former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, also have declined two other invitations to address Hispanics and have cranked up their hard-line rhetoric on illegal immigration.

However, as the story noted, Tom Tancredo will not be attending the debate purely by choice. Here’s his statement on why not from CBS News:

Give Tom Tancredo credit for one thing: When it came time to decline the invitation to attend this Sunday’s Republican debate on Spansh-language channel Univision, he didn’t opt for the flimsy “scheduling conflicts” excuse. Instead, he’s saying that the very idea of a debate in Spanish is un-American.

“It is the law that to become a naturalized citizen of this country you must have knowledge and understanding of English, including a basic ability to read, write, and speak the language,” Tancredo said in a release. “So what may I ask are our presidential candidates doing participating in a Spanish speaking debate? Pandering comes to mind.”

Given Tancredo’s poll numbers, I don’t think it matters that much and I don’t think he’s persuaded any of his fellow candidates.

I will record the entire debate and upload it here once it airs, we archive everything!