Obama web video accuses Romney of hedging on immigration
June 22nd, 2012
06:00 AM ET
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Obama web video accuses Romney of hedging on immigration

(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.

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soundoff (22 Responses)
  1. don

    So does anyone know his true stand on immigration? ANYONE know his stand on ANYTHING?

    June 22, 2012 06:12 am at 6:12 am |
  2. Namemike from wv

    I don't think I have seen Romney state his stance on anything, except for saying he'll do it differently. Somebody asks him for details and he says the same thing again, just words it differently.

    June 22, 2012 07:00 am at 7:00 am |
  3. Anthony

    Many people think that Romney will do a better job on economy than Obama. This is based on Romney's experience as a CEO. But once he explains his policies, as he just did with regard to immigration, people will realize that there is nothing there. He can cut taxes, which will result in bigger deficits. He can talk about regulations hurting job creation, but the real reason that employers are not hiring is a lack of demand. He can talk about cutting spending, but when the biggest items in the federal budget are the military, Social Security, and Medicare, and Romney wants to INCREASE military spending, he is in a bind. If he explains where the cuts will come from, Republicans will get hammered by seniors in November.

    June 22, 2012 07:14 am at 7:14 am |
  4. Dave

    Mitt Romney refuses to give a straight answer on immigration? This is news? All Romney does is complain and criticize and he is incapable of coming up with any plans for what he would do. Then again, he's a Republican, so no surprise there.

    June 22, 2012 07:16 am at 7:16 am |
  5. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    The problem that I have is that Romney hasn't offered his own ideas about immigration reform. Where are those? Come to think about it, I don't think that I have heard any specifics about any plans he has. I wonder how he plans on paying for any of his proposals like his tax cuts which isn't what we need to deal with the debt.

    June 22, 2012 07:17 am at 7:17 am |
  6. rla

    This from someone who has been hedging for 3.5 years????? Latinos better wise up to this democratic game soon or they will be in the same boat four more years.

    June 22, 2012 07:26 am at 7:26 am |
  7. Blindersoff

    My Latino brothers, I give you Romney the Chicken Hawk. Do not forget Romney Etch-A-Sketch, Flip-Flop words about The Dream Act. proposed by the Dems. . . "I will strike it down says Romney as he boldly looked into the camera, trying to appease his bigot supporters. Help re-elect President Obama 2012 . . . The Only Way Forward!

    June 22, 2012 07:26 am at 7:26 am |
  8. Milton K. Wiah

    Romney does not have answers to anything nor the GOP. Their only wish is the economy to get worst, even at that
    they do not have any answer how they are going to fix it.
    How can a man who wants to be president does not know what to say to counter an argument of an opponent.
    How will handle a debate with the president on important issues.

    June 22, 2012 07:56 am at 7:56 am |
  9. Sandy

    Excellent ad! LOL at Romney!

    June 22, 2012 08:09 am at 8:09 am |
  10. RealityBites

    Meanwhile..., in real news.

    Brian Terry's parents accuse Obama administration of withholding info about 'Fast and Furious' operation that could shed light on its role in their son's death. –Not to mention the deaths of hundreds of innocent lations.

    June 22, 2012 08:33 am at 8:33 am |
  11. beevee

    Mr. Romney's associates are proud of the fact that he likes to play pranks and that he is a prankster. All his talk about immigration changes (abstract only no substance) may laso be a prank. Voters beware.

    June 22, 2012 08:43 am at 8:43 am |
  12. RMoney Can't Buy the White House

    Thta's not "accusing"; that's accurately describing the empty suit with no positions. Where are the rest of the tax returns, Willard?

    June 22, 2012 08:48 am at 8:48 am |
  13. Republican who supports President Obama

    Very true. His campaign is about contradiction. He has no real plan.

    June 22, 2012 08:54 am at 8:54 am |
  14. GI Joe

    It's coming, folks. The same conspiracy theorist from Alabama Militia is starting the rumor.

    He was the guy that put the partial tape of Shirly Sherodd on FOX that got her fired.

    Now he is talking to Grassley and Issa about Fast and Furious being a plot to take away gun rights in the U.S. It's not true, but they seem to think it will stick.

    The nuts name is Mike Vanderboegh – just watch and see. And he is a member of an Alabama Militia group.

    June 22, 2012 08:59 am at 8:59 am |
  15. King

    oh pplleeeese, now I see what the rabid repubs was complaining about mitten, this man really doesn't have any soul. this man just went to the extreme right on immigration, now he went back to the extreme left. now this might be the first time in history I've seen this.

    June 22, 2012 09:01 am at 9:01 am |
  16. Thomas

    Five sons , all of whom avoided voluntary military service during Americas longest wars.

    Is that hedging ?

    June 22, 2012 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  17. Dave

    Obama cannot complain about immigration. He just bypassed Congress on immigration law and has again weakened our democracy.

    June 22, 2012 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  18. Marie MD

    Folks, the bishop's problem with Hispanics is, like his boy toy Cuban senator, that they don't want the truth to come out on how they ended up being citizens of the US.
    The bishop probably wants to put his Mexican heritage in a box and bury it in the sand of his La Jolla mansion because his daddy wasn't born in Mexico because of politics but because a family member wanted to marry eight wives and have 28 children!!! The other one from Florida lied about where his family was when Batista was in power to when they went back to Cuba to how they returned to Florida.
    You can't escape your past and you can't now pretend that you care about those less fortunate.

    June 22, 2012 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  19. Marry

    Why Romney did not answer that question? He does not know what to answer! The problem is so “brand new”, his “handlers” have not figured out what answer would bring them the most profit! Latino vote – tea party vote – independent vote – oh, what should we do??????????????? We only know one thing – support immigrants – NO way!!! But if we can manage to keep them somehow, remember, our lawn that has to be moved, our children that have to be cared for, our cars washed, and our businesses where they work for peanuts... Oh, how can we have our cake and eat it too????

    June 22, 2012 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  20. SuperD

    Immigration reform will never happen as long as the Democrat party thinks they "own" every new citizen.

    June 22, 2012 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  21. Bill

    Wow, another crowd of at least 40 people. The GOP will rue the day that they chose this clown as thier nominee. To quote that well-respected, conversative voice of reason Ann Coulter – "if we don't run Christie, then Romeny will be the nominee and we'll lose". For once she said something truthful and accurate.

    June 22, 2012 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  22. enuff

    Sometimes "no comment" says it all.

    June 22, 2012 10:22 am at 10:22 am |