Spotlight on Puerto Rico

Spotlight on Puerto Rico

President Obama's official visit to Puerto Rico is the first by a sitting American president in five decades. An update on the U.S. territory's economy, political status and relationship to the mainland.

As a U.S. senator, Barack Obama visited Puerto Rico and promised to return. Yesterday, he did. It was the first official visit to the territory by a sitting U.S. president in 50 years. Home to high unemployment and beautiful beaches, Puerto Rico gussied itself up and gave the president a warm welcome. The trip was fulfillment of a past promise, but also a look to the future. 2012. Nearly 10 percent of Latino voters in the U.S. are of Puerto Rican descent. And they don't always vote Democratic. We'll talk about Puerto Rico - its people and economy, and whether it will ever become the 51st U.S. state.


Luis Fortuno

Republican governor of Puerto Rico.

Rafael Fantauzzi

president and CEO, the National Puerto Rican Coalition.

Mauricio Cardenas

director, Latin America Initiative, the Brookings Institution; formerly Colombia's minister of Economic Development and Transportation.

Fernando Pizarro

Washington correspondent, Univision.

Laura Meckler

White House correspondent, The Wall Street Journal.

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