Romney addressed Hispanic voters on Sunday
(CNN)–Addressing Hispanic voters on Sunday, former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney said the importance of immigration was lost in recent debate. "I know this debate about immigration law has been very much misused and mischaracterized by a lot of people. I think it's very important that we as a party communicate how much we value immigration," the GOP presidential hopeful said.
Calling Hispanics "quintessentially American", Romney said it was important to remember their contribution to American society when discussing immigration reform. "That we value the willingness of people and the desire of people to come here," he said, "particularly those of Hispanic origin have very much the values that have formed the fundamental culture of America."
Romney spoke at the Republican National Hispanic Assembly's annual convention in Washington, D.C. Later in the day he was planning to campaign in New Hampshire
- CNN Political Desk Editor Jamie Crawford