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After chat with Marco Rubio, Newt Gingrich buckles, says yes to Univisión forum

Scrapping for every vote, Newt Gingrich reversed himself Sunday and announced he would attend a Univisión-moderated forum with the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.

Gingrich joined fellow Republican candidates this fall in a boycott of a proposed Univisión debate over the way the network reported a story about Sen. Marco Rubio's brother-in-law.

This week, his campaign repeatedly denied he would attend Univisión's second choice: the Wednesday forum.

But Gingrich's Florida campaign manager, José Mallea, who chaired Rubio's 2010 Senate campaign, then reached out to Rubio. UPDATE** On Sunday, Gingrich's camp then issues a statement saying Rubio "encouraged the Speaker to participate in the event....."


Rubio's folks say that's not quite what he said. Indeed, it differs from what Rubio had told us, which is that he's essentially neutral. He's not going to encourage anyone to go on Univision. He's not going to discourage them. He's going to encourage candidates to reach out to the Hispanic community as they see fit. So Mallea sent out a slightly revised statement:

The Gingrich campaign reached out to Senator Marco Rubio who encouraged the Speaker to participate in any event that's in his best interest and said that he would advise us and any candidate in this election to pro-actively communicate with Hispanic voters through any and all outlets at their disposal.