RNC official says Romney 'still deciding' immigration position
May 8th, 2012
12:59 PM ET
2 years ago

RNC official says Romney 'still deciding' immigration position

Washington (CNN) – A stumble by a Republican National Committee official over Mitt Romney's position on immigration Tuesday may be a first hiccup as the presumptive GOP nominee's campaign and the committee work to sync up operations.

"To my understanding he is still deciding what his position on immigration is," RNC National Hispanic Outreach Director Bettina Inclan told reporters Tuesday morning at what was supposed to be the unveiling of the RNC's new six-state Hispanic outreach program.

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RNC press secretary Kirsten Kukowski pushed back minutes later, saying she had seen the comments misconstrued on Twitter.

"We never said that the governor is still deciding on immigration," she said.

"We are in the middle of a transition," she continued, adding that the RNC was focused primarily on outreach programs, while the candidate's campaign would be focused on policy.

Tuesday afternoon, Inclan tweeted, "I misspoke, Romney's position on immigration is clear."

Inclan said earlier that the RNC supports "Republican policies."

The reelection campaign of President Barack Obama pounced, emailing reporters a statement which also disputed that Romney's immigration is undecided but that stipulating that they believe it is wrong.

"Over the past year Mitt Romney has proven time and time again that he is the most extreme presidential candidate in modern history on immigration," the campaign's director of Hispanic press, Gabriela Domenzain, said. "His position may be inconvenient, but it has been clear. He has promised to veto the DREAM Act, thinks all undocumented immigrants should self-deport, has called the anti-immigrant AZ law a 'model' for the nation and has paraded around the country with the nation's leading anti-immigrant voices. Mitt Romney has decided to be the most extreme presidential candidate on immigration; Hispanics and all Americans have heard it loud and clear."

Inclan had criticism of Obama's immigration stance, saying his record did not match his rhetoric.

"He talks about uniting families, and all he's done is deport more immigrants than any [other] American president," she said.

But issue number one - for all voters, including Hispanics - will be "jobs and the economy," she said.

"Most Hispanics were born here in this country. To assume that the only thing we care about is immigration is almost insulting," she continued.

Last month the RNC announced 6 state-level Hispanic outreach directors in Colorado, Florida, New Mexico, Nevada, North Carolina and Virginia.

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soundoff (84 Responses)
  1. Bessy

    This guy just can't make up his mind about anything, can he ? Doesn't mater though, because what ever he decides on today he will change his mmind tomorrow after talking to Rush and the boys at Fox.

    May 8, 2012 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  2. Four and The Door

    But issue number one – for all voters, including Hispanics – will be "jobs and the economy,"
    _____________________________________________________________________________________________
    The Obama/ Biden 2012 campaign disagrees. They plan to spend hundreds of millions of dollars to convince the American Voters that the real number one issue is something else. They haven't figured out what that will be yet, but they still have lots of money to spend and ads to run to find out what sticks. If it's jobs and the economy, Obama loses.

    May 8, 2012 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  3. Lynda/Minnesota

    Doesn't matter which direction he takes ... first big gust of wind comes along and he'll be changing course.

    Mitt Romney might have been a CEO, but he sucks as a Statesman.

    May 8, 2012 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  4. Scott

    One thing the Obama admin forget, the majority of the citizens of this country are against illegal immigration. People do not like to pay taxes so the illegals can get a free ride. They want to be citizens? Then do like my great great grand parents did they came in to this country thru Ellis Island and worked hard to become Americans, no one gave them a free ride. If i had my way we would put up a Iron Curtain like they had in Russia between Mexico and America.

    May 8, 2012 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  5. george of the jungle

    flip flop flip flop He still doen't know what his position is. Give us all a break you limp noodle. Why anyone wants this guy in office is beyond me. I guess Norquist will be running the show this guy certinaly won't be.

    May 8, 2012 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  6. Sniffit

    She already retracted it when it was (no doubt angrily) brought to her attention that the campaign's official strategy is to take no positions whatsoever...even if the position being taken is the position of having no position.

    May 8, 2012 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  7. Sniffit

    "If i had my way we would put up a Iron Curtain like they had in Russia between Mexico and America."

    And what a wonderful display of the conservative mind's inability to distinguish symolism, analogy, allegory, etc. from reality and speaking literally.

    May 8, 2012 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  8. Moderate Sean

    Romney must be waiting on his 'immigration polling' to come out. I can only imagine it must delayed, since this is how this robotic candidate operates. He waits for a poll (s) to tell him what position he should take on a particular issue/subject!!

    May 8, 2012 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  9. Sniffit

    "We are in the middle of a transition," she continued,"

    Etch-A-Sketch still being shaken. Got it.

    May 8, 2012 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  10. luke,az

    Gov. Romney is not a leader, he is at best a mediocre manager. He would be a puppet of the 1%. President Obama is an extraordinary example of leadership. In spite of the Republican party of No, President Obama has put America on the right track.

    May 8, 2012 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  11. Pete

    Just think,he'd probibly wouldn't let his own grandfather back in this country,a real problem in modern times.He's up in air on abortion,college loans ,but told people just recently he helped out the auto industry from going bankrupt,has he no shame.He stools to new lows,even after exhibiting his other brainless comments like he's reaaly happy to be at this pizza companies CEOs house and telling people there the republicans would want everyone to have a house with a backyard lake and golf course and Democrates wouldn't want this for anyone ,how unrealistic,how arrogent,how disingenuous he is,even in front of people who actually worked hard to get to that level in life.

    May 8, 2012 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  12. Anonymous

    That mean's his advisores haven't decided what his opinionn is yet

    May 8, 2012 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  13. Sniffit

    "Good news! And there is always the hope that the other 50% who are clueless and still living in the 1950's will some how or some way make it to the current 2012 year."

    Have no fear. All we have to do is wait for them to die off. Hastening that part of the demographich shifts is perhaps the only argument I can come up with in favor of the GOP's plans to destroy Medicare.

    May 8, 2012 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  14. Sniffit

    "That mean's his advisores haven't decided what his opinionn is yet"

    Awaiting further poll data no doubt...and not national polls...no no...polls from specific swing states he hopes to win over Obama.

    May 8, 2012 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  15. Lynda/Minnesota

    Goodness. She's already flipped on Mitt's flop. Must be a new record.

    May 8, 2012 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  16. Maxx

    Romney's dishonesty permeates his very essence.

    May 8, 2012 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  17. 1twinsfan

    "Most Hispanics were born here in this country. To assume that the only thing we care about is immigration is almost insulting," she continued.

    Inclan needs to relay this message to the GOP. The majority of them view Hispanics as not just immigrants but illegal ones at that. Never mind the fact that the oldest continuously occupied city in America was founded by a Spaniard.

    May 8, 2012 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  18. Rudy NYC

    They're shaking up the Etch A Sketch, folks. Mitt Romney has already taken a postion, or should I say stand, on immigration. Self deportation.

    May 8, 2012 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  19. NVa Native

    What? He's anti-immigration. But of course it's been more than a few news cycles so he's over-due for a flip flop.

    May 8, 2012 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  20. PJ/TX

    Nice try, Four/Door, but Romney is your guy and we still have no clue what he stands for. He so afraid of your
    "severely" right wingnuts, he just can't seem to take a stand. But he has "hundreds of millions" of dollars,
    both personal and PAC, to try and convince us that he does, and so far, he loses.

    May 8, 2012 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  21. Anonymous

    We get it- he still doesn't knoiw what he thinks so is waiting for some of his billionaire donors to tell him what he thinks.

    May 8, 2012 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  22. Lolo

    Mittens can't figure his way out of a paper bag with out getting assurance from Ann and the GOP/Tpers giving him directions. There is so much hatred on the republican side that they would vote for this clown to be president no matter how many blunders he has. What a waste of a vote.

    May 8, 2012 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  23. GonzoinHouston

    This policy would require a hard choice by Romney: alienate the far-right anti-brown-people wing of his own party, or alienate a very large minority of the general population? He may as well go hard-core anti-immigration, because no Hispanic will believe he is not.

    May 8, 2012 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  24. griffbos

    yup here come flip or is that flop number 1,000,0001

    May 8, 2012 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  25. ART

    This man could not make a decision if our lives depended on it, and if he did he would probably change his mind before it was all sais and done

    May 8, 2012 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
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