From NBC/NJ's Erin McPike
MIAMI, FL -- "It's a terrible thing when a person who is here legally but who speaks with an accent" faces racial profiling, Huckabee said, essentially calling profiling "un-American."
Ron Paul just delivered the most passionate moment of the debate thus far, and that's not saying much, when he said that he completely opposes a national ID card.
But, per NBC/NJ's Matthew E. Berger, Ron Paul got some pretty loud boos when he suggested the U.S. should be negotiating and trading with Venezuela President Hugo Chavez. "We talked to Stalin; we talked to Khrushchev; we talked to Mao," he said. And he only made it worse when he suggested the U.S. should also be talking to Cuba.
Huckabee and Giuliani took an-anti Chavez and Castro line, and got much better reactions. "I actually agree with the way that King Juan Carlos spoke to Hugo Chavez," Giuliani said. He's referring to a political summit in Chile, when he yelled across the conference table and said, "Why don't you just shut up?"
NBC's Bethany Thomas notes King Juan Carlos' line is getting a lot of play tonight. McCain echoed the Spanish King, and said in Spanish, "Porque no te calles!" This was the first time a candidate has attempted the Spanish language tonight, even though all the questions are being asked in Spanish.
McCain also said he would order an investigation into the 1996 shooting of 2 civilian aircrafts near Cuba. Earlier today, he said at a town hall, "One of the things that I might do differently is to have the Justice Dept review the tapes after the Cubans shot down the aircraft and we have tapes that show that act of terror was carried out under the instruction of Fidel Castro and Raul. I think that tape should be examined and we should make a decision as to whether an indictment is warranted in that case."