See You in San Juan

I’ve been to Puerto Rico. In fact, there is a humorous story years ago about flying into San Juan, engine problems and five guys with buckets waiting by the runway in case of more trouble. But I won’t bore you with more details.

President Obama is going to make the same trip (well, not exactly, but you get the picture) next week. Although many of the four million Caribbean island residents are excited, it’s the 4.6 million Puerto Ricans (including 850,000 in Florida) living in the U.S. who are being targeted with this trip, presidential critics say.

John F. Kennedy was the last U.S. president to visit Puerto Rico — 50 years ago. The island has been a U.S. territory for 112 years. Don’t expect any major change in that status.

CQ Daily put it this way:

Some will want Obama to endorse statehood for the territory; others will press him to embrace independence for the island; yet another group will urge him to leave things just the way they are — which is what’s sure to happen, because the population is so triple-split on its desires.

But hey, I’m sure the President will have a better flight experience than the Schumans did. 

Ohio Truly Qualifies as Battleground State

Presidential politics and intrigue have been rarely used together in Indiana in the last 44 years. Hoosiers have backed the Republican candidate for the White House every four years since 1964.

While Hoosiers are back in the spotlight this year, our neighbor to the east has been at the forefront in the last two election cycles. Ohio has a few interesting election facts of its own:

  • No Republican has ever won the presidency without winning Ohio
  • Ohio (along with Kentucky, Missouri and Tennessee) is one of four states to back the presidential winner in each of the elections since 1964
  • John F. Kennedy was the last Democrat to win the presidency while losing the vote in Ohio

It will be interesting to see what happens in both states this time around, in regard to potential vice president nominees and the November vote.