There was much concern about Romney's spanish radio ad making a dig at Gingrich's use of the phrase "language of the ghetto." CNN fact checked it during the debate, but they didn't complete the fact checking. Obviously this warrants further investigation and several articles were quick to point out what is going on.
Here is the back and forth at the debate:
First, I want to state how disappointed I am that Romney does not, in fact, approve the ad spots that he says he approves. But I suspect he is not alone in this. All of the politicians will record that sound bite once and it gets tagged onto the end of all their commercials. So, it's a wash... He does it, they all do it, what are you going to do about it.
Back to the topic at hand. Here is the radio spot in question:
The translation of the part in question is: "And Reagan definitely would have never offended us, Hispanics, as Gingrich did by saying that Spanish is the language of the ghetto." (H/T Race42012)
Did Gingrich say "Spanish is the language of the ghettos"? No, what he did say was "We should replace bilingual education with immersion in English so people learn the common language of the country so that they learn the language of prosperity, not the language of the ghetto." (emphasis added, transcribed from video) This was in 2007.
But here is the VERY interesting thing, he didn't say languages, he said language. The next day, after he made that remark, he apologized for the use of "language of the ghetto." But did he apologize in English? French? German? Japanese? Chinese? Tagalog? Ebonics? No, he apologized in Spanish! Even if Newt Gingrich did not literally say "Spanish is the language of the ghetto", he implied it.
Newt Gingrich does this kind of thing over and over. And it is an embarrassment to our party...
I do believe Romney and his ad are safe on the Fact Check Meter.