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about ending Puerto Rico's involvement with the United States. They want independence and so forth, and my position on that is very good. I say, “Whatever the Puerto-Ricans want they can have. I'm not for holding them here.” The fact is: most Americans would love it if they left. There's no question about that. It's not a slur on Puerto-Ricans; it just is a fact of life. I don't put myself into that group. I'd be happy if Puerto Rico wanted to become a state to have it a state. Whatever they want, they can have; but nobody's holding them. It's not like the United States has made them into a colony and we're going to keep them here. Most people in this country would love to see them end their relationship simply because there is a feeling that large numbers of them come up to New York City particularly and go on welfare. I don't know what the real facts are, but certainly there is a substantial number on welfare in New York City proportionate to their numbers.

He said he'd like to help me in my race for mayor. I never believed it, not that I disbelieved Arthuro, but with Herman' Badillo running, every Puerto-Rican was going to vote for Herman Badillo. And they don't like him. They think he is arrogant, that he left them, that he moved from the barrio to Riverdale, that he married two Jewish woman, that he's no more Puerto-Rican than I am. Except that he is Puerto-Rican by blood, by name, by culture originally. And they'll vote for him no matter how much they attack him. And I knew that before they told me they





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