RNC official says Romney 'still deciding' immigration position
May 8th, 2012
12:59 PM ET
3 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. vote the Tea Party OUT in 2012

    I guess this means he's still "evolving" on the issue. Why not just ask the right wing base he's trying to pander to what stance he should take and go from there. Or even eaiser find out where Obama stands on it and go the opposite direction.

    May 8, 2012 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  2. Jules

    We got it – he still doesn't know what he thinks because he is waiting for all his billionaire donors to tell him what he thinks. How can anyone vote for someone who doesn't know where he stands on anything? Can you really imagine this guy handling the 3 o'clock phone call? This is not a leader.

    May 8, 2012 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  3. Rudy NYC

    ""He talks about uniting families, and all he's done is deport more immigrants than any [other] American president," she said."
    ---------------
    Wasn't last month when conservatives, like that AZ birther sheriff, were complaining about how the Obama administration wasn't doing enough to stop illegal immigrants trying to cross the border? Yup. Now they are complaining about too many are being deported. Amazing, isn't it?

    May 8, 2012 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  4. Scott

    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.
    ______________________________
    This is not about Medi care read your article, honestly some people have no sense.

    May 8, 2012 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  5. Castillo

    Obama has done nothing on the immigration front as promised so what’s the difference. Right now there is no reason to pay a coyote to come into the states or wade through the bureaucracy. Risk vs. reward is not there unless you are living in one of the high drug violence areas. My family used to travel back and forth every year to a ranch in south Texas and now with the violence you would be more afraid of Mexican trafficers than the US Border Patrol.

    May 8, 2012 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  6. cashmeremafia

    In other words, he's trying to figure out how to get the most votes....

    May 8, 2012 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  7. acajunthatsagun

    "We are in the middle of a transition,"

    READ ETCH A SKETCH

    May 8, 2012 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  8. FRANK - LAS VEGAS

    Mittens is waiting for the Tea Baggers to tell him what he thinks. What a phoney!

    May 8, 2012 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  9. ted

    The flip flopping is going on in his head. He can't decide if he wants to be conservative or TEA Party or middle of the road. He is playing the political expediency thing to the hilt and deserves the nickname WEATHERVANE.

    May 8, 2012 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  10. gg

    flippy will get back to you once he understance the question

    May 8, 2012 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  11. GROVER NORQUIST IS A ENEMY OF THE STATE/ConservaFASCISTS

    Willard has in immigration policy. It's called Self Deportation. Is Willard still "evolving" on the matter? Fine if he is. But he's running for the highest office in the land and should have a plan already in place. Geesh! The guys only been running for POTUS for 6 years.

    May 8, 2012 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  12. Richard Broderick, Jr.

    Mitt is "severely" insincere.

    May 8, 2012 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  13. Rudy NYC

    Who's been keeping count of how many PR gaffes that the Romney campaign has made? Chalk up another one.

    May 8, 2012 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  14. LCSWquilter

    TIme to dust off that ol' Etch-a-Sketch.

    May 8, 2012 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  15. DaveC

    "To my understanding he is still deciding what his position on immigration is," RNC National Hispanic Outreach Director Bettina Inclan. I have to ask one question to Ms. Inclan. What the heck are you thinking being a republican at this present time? Maybe in the Reagan or Bush Sr. era but right now? Really? Do you even read the papers or surf the internet or listen to TV news or radio? How about to the tea party or even some of your fellow republicans? Have you tried to drive through Arizona? How about been stopped for a speeding ticket there?

    The denseness of some people never, ever ceases to amaze me.

    May 8, 2012 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  16. anagram_kid

    RNC official says Romney 'still deciding' immigration position.
    In other words, he is deciding which lie to go with today.

    May 8, 2012 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  17. Scott

    THe last thing this country needs is 4 more years of Obama, at least Milt has political and business exp. What does Obama have outside of destroying this country,which he is doing a good job of.

    May 8, 2012 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  18. Bill

    I do not think even Romney himself knows what he stands for or believes in. The weakest general election candidate in more than a generation. Nice going GOP!

    May 8, 2012 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  19. anagram_kid

    Scott wrote – 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.
    Under President Obama’s administration, more illegal aliens have been deported than under Bush in the same time period. Also, the ‘iron curtain’ was a metaphor, not an actual curtain or wall.

    May 8, 2012 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  20. Tony

    RNC National Hispanic Outreach Director Bettina Inclan criticized Obama's immigration policy:
    "He talks about uniting families, and all he's done is deport more immigrants than any [other] American president," she said.

    Finally, there is a Republican who actually knows (or will admit) that Obama is enforcing immigration laws. Are Republicans in Congress interested in reforming the immigration laws Obama is enforcing? No.

    May 8, 2012 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  21. Bruno

    That's what you call leadership and conviction.

    May 8, 2012 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  22. anagram_kid

    Castillo wrote – Obama has done nothing on the immigration front as promised so what’s the difference.

    -------------------------------------------–
    Yes, he has done nothing as long as you don’t consider a record amount of deportations as doing something.

    Obama 2012 – The smart choice for smart people

    May 8, 2012 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  23. They ought to change from the elephant to the hippo...

    Mitt probably still has yard work that needs to be done...

    May 8, 2012 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  24. mrindependent

    Why would RNC chief go and say that Romney has not decided on immigration other than to screw with him. My bet is they dont want Romney to win so that they can push a conservative in 2016.

    May 8, 2012 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  25. Governor 47th in Job Growth

    It depends on if he's in a debate and who with. In the circus known as the GOP primaries: He can't have illegals working on his property, he's running for President for Pete's sake...

    May 8, 2012 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
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