Pro English Group Rates Presidential Candidates

By US Daily Review Staff.

ProEnglish, one of the nation’s leading advocate of official English, today unveiled its grades for the 2012 presidential candidates.  ProEnglish has ranked the candidates based on their strength of support for preserving the historic role of English as the common, unifying language of the United States.  Over 90% of the world’s nations have an official language, but the U.S. is not one of them.

ProEnglish Executive Director Robert Vandervoort said, “We think that voters will be surprised, not only by the candidates who earned the top grades, but by those who scored the worst.

“Unfortunately, over half the candidates scored a Grade C or lower, which means that they haven’t focused enough attention on these cultural and fiscal issues that are important to the vast majority of American voters,” said Vandervoort.  According to a May 2010 Rasmussen Reports survey, 87% of likely voters want English to be the official language of the United States.

The grades are based on six different English language assimilation issues, including 1) support for “official English” legislation/laws, 2) repealing federal foreign language voter ballots, 3) opposing amnesty, 4) opposing Puerto Rican statehood without official English, 5) supporting English-on-the-job laws/policies, and 6) favoring the assimilation over the multiculturalism approach.  ProEnglish does not endorse candidates.


Candidates Official English Bilingual Ballots Amnesty Puerto Rican Statehood English-on-the-job Multiculturalism & Assimilation Score
ronpaulRon Paul (R)
gray_check_mark  gray_check_mark  gray_check_mark grayredx  gray_check_mark  gray_check_mark  A
bachmannMichele Bachmann (R)
white_check_mark nslasha white_check_mark white_check_mark white_check_mark white_check_mark  A-
gingrich-portNewt Gingrich (R)
gray_check_mark gray_check_mark grayredx grayredx gray_check_mark gray_check_mark  A-
 ricksantorum02Rick Santorum (R)
white_check_mark nslasha white_check_mark redx nslasha white_check_mark C
 103380-mitt_romneyMitt Romney (R)
nslashagray nslashagray  gray_check_mark nslashagray nslashagray  gray_check_mark  D+
herman_cain_300Herman Cain (R)
nslasha nslasha white_check_mark nslasha  nslasha nslasha D-
 barackobamaBarack Obama (D)
grayredx nslashagray grayredx gray_check_mark nslashagray  grayredx
Jon Huntsman (R)
nslasha nslasha redx nslasha nslasha nslasha  F
governor-perry-headshotRick Perry (R)
nslashagray nslashagray grayredx nslashagray  nslashagray grayredx

“These rankings are not static, so candidates can improve their scores with public statements or by notifying ProEnglish of their clarified positions,” concluded Vandervoort. “The bottom line is that there is virtually no other political issue today that has the support from such an overwhelming majority of Americans representing various party affiliations and ideologies.  The time has come for the candidates to get serious on the official English issue.”   The ratings also include Herman Cain, who has since dropped out.