Romney refines comments about deporting Obama's uncle
December 22nd, 2011
02:35 PM ET
3 years ago

Romney refines comments about deporting Obama's uncle

Lancaster, New Hampshire (CNN) - Mitt Romney was more nuanced Thursday when questioned about radio show comments he made regarding deporting President Barack Obama's uncle.

According to The Hill, the former Massachusetts governor was asked by radio host Howie Carr if Onyango Obama, who is allegedly in violation of his immigration status and was arrested for drunk driving this summer, should be deported.

In the Wednesday interview, Romney said the law must be followed.

"Well, if the laws of the United States say he should be deported, and I presume they do, then of course we should follow those laws," he said.

Asked to clarify those comments in a press conference Thursday, Romney said his stance was not affected by the man's relationship to the president.

"I'm not suggesting that they should be given any more punitive treatment than anyone else, but that we should follow the law," he said about family members of government officials. "I don't know the circumstances of his uncle. If the circumstances would, under our law, mean he should be deported, then he should be treated like anyone else."

Romney said since he was not familiar with details of Obama's uncle, there could be another proper legal outcome.

"If instead he's here on asylum on some other basis or has a visa or qualifies for a visa, then we should follow that law," he said. "We follow the law for family members just as we do for everyone else in this country."


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soundoff (36 Responses)
  1. Sniffit

    "Obama's uncle – illegal alien in Massachusetts getting preferential treatment. Obama's aunt – illegal alien in Massachusetts getting preferential treatment. Hmmmmmmmmmmmm......"

    There's ZERO evidence of preferential treatment. That's just made up conspiracy BS in your head because you're so desperate to rationalize every single thing about Obama into something you can attack. Grow the hell up.

    December 22, 2011 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  2. It is Against Ronald Reagan Rule for Myth Romney and his Super PACs Thug to Attack Fellow GOPers

    Myth Romney, he was for deporting before he was against IT!!

    Nobody likes you Myth Romney!!!

    Grow a pair moron and get lost!

    December 22, 2011 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  3. Terry,Va

    Deporting illegals is a topic for discussion. Just because he is Obummie's drunk uncle, shouldn't exempt him. Obummie's policy is to let all illegals stay so they can vote for him illegally. Acorn and his buddies will sign them all up to vote for Obummie.

    December 22, 2011 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  4. Rudy NYC

    sniffit wrote:

    Their sole goal: President Darky's got to go so we can sleep at night knowing we're back to a white dude controlling what is supposed to be a white people country.
    --------------------–
    I wouldn't say that that is the reason for the noticeable nervousness projected by some on the right wing. But, I will say there is an obvious panic that is hard to keep in check. It's surreal. Sort of like a movie scene where you are hiding under the bed from the "bad thing" that is out to get you, and it steps on your hand and now you are busting not to scream out because it will give away your secret location underneath the bed. They must have some big ticket scandalous secret that they're sitting on top of that they don't want anyone to know about. It's almost like they're afraid that Obama is going to discover that there really isn't any gold inside of Fort Knox.

    December 22, 2011 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  5. Rudy NYC

    sniffit wrote:

    That's just made up conspiracy BS in your head because you're so desperate to rationalize every single thing about Obama into something you can attack.
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    I read about a recent study that said people who belong to secret societies are most likely to believe in imagined conpsiracies that are blown way out of proportion relative to reality.

    December 22, 2011 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  6. Cabat

    Just another real winner from Obama's family tree. A long history of excellence.

    December 22, 2011 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  7. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    SecedingfromTexas

    On top of Romney's idiotic remarks, add to that
    Congressional member Jim Sensenbrenner's attack on Mrs. Obama's weight. He doesn't think "government should be
    telling people what to eat" and she should "practice what she preaches". Lovely man, so fat he would need two
    scales, one for each foot to get his true weight. Maybe Mrs. Obama took one look at him and thought 'kids don't
    need to grow up to be fat slobs' gorging themselves on cheetos and shrimp.
    Or,
    Grinch calling President Obama a "con-man" and "food stamp President",.,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, so, these people
    will get the same respect from me that they have shown other people, which is..... none.
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    HEAR!! HEAR!! Well said.

    December 22, 2011 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  8. Phil in KC

    I think Romney should have just left it at "we should follow the laws" and "treat him like everyone else" in the first place. I don't think you can get in trouble with any reasonable person from either side taking that approach. Plus, it's a safe answer, which is manna to any politician.

    December 22, 2011 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  9. Rudy NYC

    SecedingFromTexas wrote:

    so, these people
    will get the same respect from me that they have shown other people, which is..... none.
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    I can feel all of your pain and frustration. But, I strive not to legitimize their vulgar remarks by responding in kind. They are much better ways to outsmart someone than stooping to their level. Your doing so is almost always the other party's desired response from you.

    December 22, 2011 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  10. Larry

    My illegal yard man is a power drinker too!! I sure hope he doesn't get deported....

    December 22, 2011 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  11. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Let's not start talking about President Obama's family tree. His wife, for example, did not kill anybody driving her car in her own hometown, so let's not go there. I would like to know SPECIFICALLY what special treatment his family is getting in the state of Massachusetts. Could be that some individuals, as Romney has for once pointed out, don't have all the pertinient facts. It is quite hard to imagine the GOTeatards restraining their impulses to defame and malign if in fact the president's family were being treated "above the law". That would be something that they would be talking about on FOX 24/7 I would suspect.

    December 22, 2011 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
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