Bush mistakenly called the immigration bill 'amnesty' Tuesday.
WASHINGTON (CNN) – During an immigration reform event on Tuesday, President Bush misspoke when describing the immigration bill pending before the Senate.
“You know, I’ve heard all the rhetoric – you’ve heard it, too – about how this is amnesty,” said the president. “Amnesty means that you’ve got to pay a price for having been here illegally, and this bill does that.”
The White House released a statement shortly after the Bush’s remarks, saying the bill that he supports “is not an amnesty bill.”
As part of his push for comprehensive immigration reform, President Bush has made numerous calls to legislators on Capitol Hill, and devoted one of his weekly radio addresses to the subject.
- CNN Political Researcher Xuan Thai