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. Woman In California

    Willard makes me sick. One lie after another. I've never seen anyone enjoy lying the way he does. He has never had to make a serious decision in his entire life and why would anyone expect someone in their 60's to suddenly be able to do so now? To let this liar anywhere near the White House would be a grave mistake and the American people better wake up to that fact BEFORE November.

    May 8, 2012 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  2. kman821

    Regardless of which direction Mitt Windsock Romney blows right now on immigration, just like every other position he's ever held he will change directions once the political wind of convenience picks up.

    May 8, 2012 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  3. They ought to change from the elephant to the hippo...

    What IS this Romney guy- a squid? All beak and no backbone. And can change colors in an instant...

    May 8, 2012 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  4. ST

    Romney still deciding on Immigration position!!! What about what he said during the debates (GOP primaries)? Didn't he mean it?? Quite interesting!

    May 8, 2012 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  5. NC Mom

    I think she looks great for her age, and clearly she is a busy professional woman who has her priorities in order...which is managing a ton of travel and getting the job done. I wear pant suits too for business because they are more comfortable and certainly more graceful when moving in and out of vehicles and you don't have to worry about stocking runs.

    May 8, 2012 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  6. Beverly - NYC

    Why bother having a policy, Myth Romney will just Flip & Flop after checking with Ann and his billionaire overlords. He's already claiming credit for the Auto bailout after being against it and writing a lengthy editorial about it. I guess his strategy is to hope for collective amnesia. It's mid May and I still don't know what Myth stands for. Not exactly inspiring confidence for someone who wants to be Commander in Chief.

    May 8, 2012 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  7. Jim

    It would be more worthwhile for Mitt to decide which of his homes to retire to on Nov. 6. He lost the latino vote, period.

    May 8, 2012 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  8. asdf

    Cmon guys, he's only been in national politics for a decade! You can't rush this stuff!

    May 8, 2012 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  9. rla

    Wow and the "LET"S MANUFACTURE AN ISSUE CAMPAIGN" at its best- dems have nothing, have done nothing and have the country in worse shape than when they started?? What's not to like!

    May 8, 2012 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  10. Enough is Enough

    The position he had in the debates hit the bull's eye, stick with it.

    May 8, 2012 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  11. polka one

    He doesn't know whether to flip on it or flop on it!!

    May 8, 2012 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  12. California Gary

    We all know what his position is on this.......he was quite clear in the debates. What he's waiting for is for someone to tell him what his "new" position is to be going forward.

    May 8, 2012 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  13. Andrew

    Mitt Romney was willing to sell out his biggest accomplishment to score cheap political points. If he wants the presidency that bad, what would he do for a Klondike bar?

    May 8, 2012 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  14. BLKMANinAmerica

    and I hope no one thinks Robney gives a rats puttie, HE DOSEN'T. But wait this just in Robney changed his mind he is for immigation reform.....................oh wait this just in ......................................... Robney is against any immigration reform.... oh wait this just in...................Robney dosn't know if he's for or against immigration reform.........oh wait yet another minute...... Robney might change his mind again he's waiting for the next Latin poll to come out folks give us a few seconds here. WHATEVER flip-flop, flip-flop, and flip flop again!

    May 8, 2012 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  15. gg

    tune into fox [the flippy show] to see what mitt thinks to-day

    May 8, 2012 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  16. ed

    I hope he takes care of the 20 mill illegals claiming fake dependents on their tax returns. This amounts to $4 Bill a year for tax payers. The IRS, President and Congress know about this "loophole" and have done nothing about it. Just makes me sick. None of the news outlets have talked about it, except a news station in IN.

    May 8, 2012 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  17. Tony

    Romney as well as the RNC are currently breaking laws and rules governing the election process. The RNC is not allowed to aid ANY potential candidate unless there is definite proof said candidate has won. There is no proof, and there are still primaries to be held. The RNC is basically saying the rest of the peoples voice and vote dont matter.

    May 8, 2012 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  18. Wake up people

    @rla. Please shut up. No one feigns outrage better than rethuglicans. Let us not forget Anne Robmeys early birthday present. All Hilary Rosen did was speak the truth, that Anne knows nothing about the average woman and it was the topic of conversation for a week. Talk about faking the funk, rethugs are the masters of that.

    OBAMA 2012!

    May 8, 2012 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  19. cigarman

    Whatever his position, it will change when the wnd blows another direction. One thing that you can count on is, if the Republicans get in, the facts are, the United States will go to WARwith Iran.

    May 8, 2012 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  20. hacimo

    The trouble is, some of these Hispanic people just do not know how to speak the English language! Gov. Romney has said time and again that he loves immigrants and supports our system of immigration and is even open to certain changes to promote more immigration of highly qualified or skilled persons to want to come here and start business and contribute to the economy. How much more clear can he make it? What more do they want him to say? I just cannot understand what part of this position is difficult to understand. Apparently these Hispanic fools just cannot understand the English language.

    May 8, 2012 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  21. Johnny

    Romney is pathological liar.. Remember during campaign he criticized perry on immigration... Lying mormons go to hell.

    May 8, 2012 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  22. Independant Jack

    This guy makes me sick,he flip flops on everything,flipper lies to his supporters and potential voters,I hope most repubs stay home on election day because this man is as dishonest as it gets,he cannot be trusted and he has proven without a doubt his word means nothing.

    May 8, 2012 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  23. Rudy NYC

    hacimo

    The trouble is, some of these Hispanic people just do not know how to speak the English language! Gov. Romney has said time and again that he loves immigrants and supports our system of immigration and is even open to certain changes to promote more immigration of highly qualified or skilled persons to want to come here and start business and contribute to the economy. How much more clear can he make it? What more do they want him to say? I just cannot understand what part of this position is difficult to understand. Apparently these Hispanic fools just cannot understand the English language.
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    I recall what Romney said during the Republican debates. Do you? He supports legislation like the AZ "papers please" law. He said supports a policy that encourages "self deportation", whatever that means. It sounds like a plan to reduce the number of jobs that attract illegal immigrants, which would not be good for the economy as a whole because it sounds like Americans would suffer, too.

    Nice try. But, we gotcha.

    May 8, 2012 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  24. anagram_kid

    rla wrote – Wow and the "LET"S MANUFACTURE AN ISSUE CAMPAIGN" at its best- dems have nothing, have done nothing and have the country in worse shape than when they started?? What's not to like!
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    When the ‘dems’ started what? If you mean to say, in your broken grammar, that as a nation we are in worse condition since Obama took office, then you are just plain wrong. I could list the facts, but like most Obama bashers, it is his success that you despise so what would be the point?

    May 8, 2012 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  25. Ol' Yeller

    He will state his position soon. They are just trying to decide if he needs to play the vicitm, blame Obama, or utilize fear. The Reagan thing is out on this one, since Reagan's immigration policies were sane they can't use that trick. These 4 approaches are their entire repertoire of politics for the modern day GOP.

    May 8, 2012 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
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