“Buenas noches,” said Pete Buttigieg, the mayor of South Bend, Indiana.
“Cada voz debemos escuchar,” said Beto O’Rourke, the former Texas congressman.
“La situación ahora es inaceptable,” said Cory Booker, a U.S. senator from New Jersey.
“Me llamo Julián Castro, y estoy postulando por presidente de los Estados Unidos,” said the former secretary of Housing and Urban Development.
The four candidates were hablando español* during the first round of the Democratic primary debates, on June 26 and 27. The question afterward: Were they demonstrating “how down they are with Hispanic and Latinx voters” (the fastest-growing segment of the American electorate), as NPR’s Code Switch put it, or were they hispandering?