(CNN) – President Barack Obama’s campaign pressured Mitt Romney to explain how he would handle the new immigration directive, releasing a web video Friday showing instances when the GOP presidential candidate declined to answer the question.
As recently as Thursday, Romney told a major Latino political group that immigration needs a long-term solution rather than a “temporary” one.
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“As president, I won't settle for stop-gap measures,” he said at the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials conference. “I will work with Republicans and Democrats to find a long-term solution.”
But Romney has not said whether he would rescind or continue to recognize the directive, which temporarily halts the deportations of some young illegal immigrants brought to the U.S. as children, have no criminal record and are either furthering their education or serving in the U.S. military.
Romney and other Republicans have called it a highly political move to court Latino voters, an especially significant voting bloc this year.
The video shows a television interviewer asking Romney several times whether he would support the policy, and others reporters noting his nonanswers since last Friday’s announcement.
“Seven days and counting,” the video says, and “why won’t Mitt Romney give a straight answer?”
Romney pledged in his Thursday speech to “put in place my own long-term solution that will replace and supersede the president's temporary measure.”
“For two years, this president had huge majorities in the House and Senate. He was free to pursue any policy he pleased, but he did nothing to advance a permanent fix for our broken immigration system,” he said. “I think you deserve better.”
But the Obama campaign’s ad was focused on what he would do in the meantime.
It includes a clip of CBS News’ Bob Schieffer asking Romney on Sunday, “would you leave this in place while you worked out a long-term solution or would you just repeal it?”
“We'll look at that setting as we reach that,” Romney replied.