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Telemundo wants to host, broadcast GOP presidential debate in Spanish

If you believe some Republican-bashers and immigrant-rights groups, the decision by six GOP presidential candidates to boycott Univision over its alleged extortion of Sen. Marco Rubio is anti-Hispanic. (Here's the first story on the Rubio issue)

Now, Univision's smaller rival, Telemundo, is stepping into the breach by inviting the candidates to a Nevada debate "to establish a direct dialogue with the Hispanic community."

Meantime, Telemundo won't say if this proposed debate host, Jose Diaz Balart (brother of Congressman Mario), will participate in a Florida debate in January partly sponsored by corporate parent NBC. So this might be a case of NBC trying force the GOP candidates into two debates. NBC already caught some grief from an earlier debate where it hauled Diaz Balart onstage to ask only about immigration.

Here's the press release:

MIAMI – October 13, 2011 – Telemundo announced today that it will produce and broadcast its first ever Republican Presidential debate from Las Vegas, Nevada in early December, weeks before the primary season begins in key states with a high concentration of Hispanics. The prime time debate, broadcast in Spanish, will be hosted by Telemundo news anchor José Díaz-Balart and will focus on all issues and topics of concern to the Hispanic community, including the economy, health, and immigration and education policies, among others.

Telemundo has invited the Republican Presidential candidates to establish a direct dialogue with the Hispanic community and address the issues that matter to them at a critical time in our country.

The debate, produced in partnership with NBC News, will be broadcast live on Telemundo and its stations reaching nearly all Hispanic viewers in our country, and may be rebroadcast at a different time across other NBC News platforms.

The debate is part of “Decisión 2012,” a Telemundo News initiative housing all political coverage related to the 2012 elections.

Users will be able to obtain all the information on this debate through Telemundo’s digital platforms and social sites by or on Facebook “Noticias Telemundo” and Twitter on @TelemundoNews.