[M]any of [Hillary] Clinton’s potential Republican competitors have at least a grasp of the language 13 percent of the country speaks at home.
Marco Rubio regularly gives interviews in Spanish, although his campaign website and social media don’t feature his language skills prominently. He learned Spanish from his parents, who immigrated from Cuba.
And Jeb Bush speaks Spanish almost exclusively at home with his Mexican-born wife and their children. He’s fluent enough to do interviews like this one on Univision.
“En 2016 Jeb Bush va a estar trabajando por la reelección de Mitt Romney,” said Jeb Bush in 2012.
Bush’s campaign website is in Spanish and English, and he regularly features videos of himself speaking Spanish on social media.
Plus, another two Republican contenders speak what they describe as Spanglish.
“Como crecí in Houston es un poco espanglish,” said Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul.
“I’m going to stick to English, senor,” said Ted Cruz.