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Romney hits Thompson, Giuliani and Huckabee on immigration
Austin Statesman ^ | December 12, 2007, 11:26 AM | Scott Shepard

Posted on 12/14/2007 12:52:41 AM PST by Fred

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, who is trying to hold off a challenge in Iowa from Mike Huckabee with criticism of the former Arkansas governor’s record on immigration, is using the same tactic in South Carolina, with one major difference.

Instead of targeting Huckabee alone, as he is doing in Iowa, Romney is taking aim in South Carolina at former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani and former Tennessee Sen. Fred Thompson as well as Huckabee.

A new mailer sent by the Romney campaign in South Carolina this week has photos of Huckabee, Giuliani and Thompson under the headline: “Compare the records on illegal immigration.”

The mailer’s caption for Huckabee reads “Special Benefits for Illegals; for Giuliani, “A Sanctuary City”; and for Thompson, “A Do Nothing Record.”

Romney, on the other hand, offers a “record of results” and provides “strong leadership on illegal immigration,” the mailer asserts.

The mailer makes no mention of Arizona Sen. John McCain, who was the key Republican sponsor of a broad immigration bill earlier this year that would have given a path to citizenship to many illegal immigrants and created a temporary worker program.

In the latest Mason-Dixon poll, which was released this week, McCain is running a distant fifth in the Republican presidential field with 10 percent. The leader in the poll was Huckabee (20 percent), followed by Giuliani (17 percent), Romney (15 percent), and Thompson (14 percent).


TOPICS: Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: fredthompson; giuliani; giulianitruthfile; huckabee; romney

1 posted on 12/14/2007 12:52:43 AM PST by Fred
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To: Fred

Romney on illegal immigration: W.I.M.B.Y.

(Work In My Back Yard)


2 posted on 12/14/2007 1:03:26 AM PST by CellPhoneSurfer (If you refuse to stand behind our troops, stand in front of them!)
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To: Fred

He should save some of those hits for himself.


3 posted on 12/14/2007 1:11:37 AM PST by gpapa
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To: Fred

Man, what a terrible bunch we’ve got running.


4 posted on 12/14/2007 1:15:00 AM PST by Darkwolf377 (Fred's the only one I can get at all enthusiastic about.)
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To: Fred

Empty Suit.


5 posted on 12/14/2007 1:16:24 AM PST by P-Marlowe (LPFOKETT GAHCOEEP-w/o*)
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To: Fred

So?

Romney has the best record of any Republican running on the issue of illegal immigration barring Tancredo. He should point it out.


6 posted on 12/14/2007 1:47:22 AM PST by Dragonspirit (We fight it out as good friends now, but in 2008 we UNITE against our enemy!)
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To: Dragonspirit
Romney has the best record of any Republican running on the issue of illegal immigration barring Tancredo. He should point it out.

Why, he won't admit how he tried to fool the world.

Hunter has the best record on the issue of illegals.

7 posted on 12/14/2007 2:40:59 AM PST by tiger-one (The night has a thousand eyes)
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To: tiger-one

Romney better watch who he goes after on the illegals issue...it will blow up in his face.

Of course he would not dare go after Hunter or Tancredo on this issue


8 posted on 12/14/2007 2:43:55 AM PST by UCFRoadWarrior (Mike Huckabee values illegals, criminals, and terrorists...Thanks "Values Voters")
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To: Fred
Romney is so hypocritical since this was schemed up in his 'sanctuary mansion',
as Romney was surrounded by illegal aliens working to fix it up.

Romney flier criticizes 3 foes - Says rivals are soft on issue of immigration
Boston Globe December 8, 2007

"NASHUA - In a flier that arrived in the mailboxes of New Hampshire Republicans this week, former governor Mitt Romney of Massachusetts accuses three of his opponents of being soft on illegal immigration, as a fourth - former governor Mike Huckabee of Arkansas - sounded a tougher tone yesterday on the issue.
The glossy mailer features an image of an American flag in the hazy backdrop behind a chain-link fence alongside assertions that former mayor Rudy Giuliani of New York, Senator John McCain of Arizona, and former senator Fred Thompson of Tennessee supported amnesty, benefits, and protections for illegal immigrants.

Representatives of the three campaigns said the document misrepresented their records on the issue, which polls suggest is of paramount importance to Republican primary voters.
"Mitt Romney's already changed his own position on illegal immigration, so it should come as no surprise that he's trying to change everybody else's position as well," Giuliani spokeswoman Maria Comella said in a statement yesterday.
"Romney has a record of twisting the truth about his own immigration record and is the last person to be criticizing anybody else on immigration," said Karen Hanretty, spokeswoman for Thompson.

The pamphlet did not mention the newly ascendant Huckabee, who has been criticized elsewhere by rivals for his 2005 proposal to let children of illegal immigrants apply for taxpayer-funded academic scholarships.
In a book published this year, Huckabee wrote that illegal immigrants should "pay a reasonable fine" for being here illegally and be able to apply for a "pathway to legal status and citizenship."

In a proposal released yesterday, Huckabee appeared to take a harder-line position, proposing a 120-day window in which illegal immigrants must register with the US government and return to their home country.
The individuals could then apply to immigrate without being penalized for their earlier illegal status. But those who do not return to their home country voluntarily would be not be allowed to apply for 10 years.
Huckabee, the last of the leading GOP contenders to unveil an immigration plan, also pledged to build a fence on the Mexico border by 2010, increase the number of border patrol agents, punish employers who hire illegal immigrants, and create a system to verify citizenship.

Romney's campaign had sent out a mailer to Iowa voters earlier in the year drawing contrasts with only McCain's position on immigration.
"We've heard all this before," McCain told reporters as he examined the new pamphlet while campaigning Thursday in New Hampshire, which holds its primary on Jan. 8."

9 posted on 12/14/2007 3:00:50 AM PST by Diogenesis (Igitur qui desiderat pacem, praeparet bellum)
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To: UCFRoadWarrior

I am here in NH, between the Mitt mailings and his TV ads, he makes me vomit with his line of BS


10 posted on 12/14/2007 3:04:07 AM PST by tiger-one (The night has a thousand eyes)
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To: Dragonspirit

HAHAHA! Good one!


11 posted on 12/14/2007 3:14:25 AM PST by WildcatClan (Vote Hunter for President)
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To: Diogenesis

“’sanctuary mansion’”
uh, same BS story again from liberals. Romney hired a legal company and it is impossible and illegal to require immigration status in those cases. Even the employeers cannot check the status (for that you can thank Fred Thompson who voted against the bill that would have mandated employers to check immigration status - now fredhead insists that customers - not employers - should check the status).

Besides, every illegal has a good-looking green card and SSN card so there is little to be done, even if customer requires the documents.


12 posted on 12/14/2007 4:21:03 AM PST by tompster76 (Amnesty: No aspirations of citizenship to illegals - ever!)
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To: Fred
McCain is running a distant fifth in the Republican presidential field with 10 percent. The leader in the poll was Huckabee (20 percent), followed by Giuliani (17 percent), Romney (15 percent), and Thompson (14 percent).

If McCain is a distant fifth, why isn't Thompson a distant fourth, Romney a distant third, and so on? For that matter, why isn't Huckabee a distant first in the poll because 20% of anything in politics won't make anyone go out and learn to spell splendiferous just so he can write home about stature.

This sounds like more nonsense masquerading as news.

13 posted on 12/14/2007 4:21:28 AM PST by stevem
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To: Fred

Willard, this is just over the top, keep your cheep labor in your own yard.


14 posted on 12/14/2007 5:06:03 AM PST by org.whodat (What's the difference between a Democrat and a republican????)
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To: Fred
Thompson, “A Do Nothing Record.”

Willard has the stink of desperation on him now.

15 posted on 12/14/2007 5:07:23 AM PST by Petronski (Reject the liberal superfecta: huckabee, romney, giuliani, mccain)
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To: Dragonspirit
Romney has the best record of any Republican running on the issue of illegal immigration barring Tancredo. He should point it out.

May be true, he probably has hired more illegals than the all the others, we know about his yard man, but what bout the house keepers?

16 posted on 12/14/2007 5:08:15 AM PST by org.whodat (What's the difference between a Democrat and a republican????)
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To: Petronski
Willard has the stink of desperation on him now.

SO true, so true, spent millions to have his clock cleaned by the dope from hope in the not worth mentioning Iowa half-ass caucuses.

17 posted on 12/14/2007 5:10:54 AM PST by org.whodat (What's the difference between a Democrat and a republican????)
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To: Darkwolf377
Man, what a terrible bunch we’ve got running.

How so? Do you believe the Dem slate is better? In terms of executive experience, intelligence, and substance, the Rep candidates are head and shoulders over the Dems. The MSM has been repeatedly trying to cast a negative image for all Rep candidates. It is pure propaganda and you seem to have been influenced by it.

In point of fact, this is one of the strongest Rep slates ever fielded.

18 posted on 12/14/2007 5:15:19 AM PST by kabar
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To: tompster76

Romney also got 287 [g] authority for state law enforcement.


19 posted on 12/14/2007 5:16:23 AM PST by kabar
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To: tompster76

Everyone else in the US and Massachusetts asks about
illegals who MIGHT be working on their houses.

But Romney cannot because HE is presidential candidate
and is a perpetual ‘victim’. What BS.

Romney is one sick slickster to have been caught twice
being OUTTHOUGHT, OUTplayed, by illegals.

Any criticism of Romney’s bad judgment, bad ideas,
bad conduct, and flipflop nature, continues to be
reportedly a direct violation of Romney’s religion
(according to Mitt and his supporters,
still eager to deflect the truth).


20 posted on 12/14/2007 5:18:27 AM PST by Diogenesis (Igitur qui desiderat pacem, praeparet bellum)
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To: tompster76
"Besides, every illegal has a good-looking green card and SSN card so there is little to be done, even if customer requires the documents.

What are you Mittsters smoking? The Boston GLobe ASKED them.
Mitt could have too, but Romney is above the law, isn't he. Far above mortal humans.

James Carville: "It's a feel-good story, this Romney thing. Romney is an ascendant guy."

21 posted on 12/14/2007 5:21:53 AM PST by Diogenesis (Igitur qui desiderat pacem, praeparet bellum)
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To: Diogenesis

“What are you Mittsters smoking? The Boston GLobe ASKED them. “

Asking immigration documents in the role of a customer is illegal. Besides, they all have good-looking fake SSNs and green card (they cost about $30). Why fredheads insist that customers have to do it (against the law) while they support Fred who voted against the bill that would have enabled employers to do this?

Mitt vetoed several illegal bills in MA and enabled local LE to work with immigration to enforce the law (it was delayed 18 months because of Bush admin). At least he has a record. Also, Mitt aired TV ads against the senate amnesty bill when it mattered.


22 posted on 12/14/2007 5:27:06 AM PST by tompster76 (Amnesty: No aspirations of citizenship to illegals - ever!)
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To: Darkwolf377
Man, what a terrible bunch we’ve got running.

Ah not exactly what John McCain had in mind when he turned over campaign finance reform to the leftist liberal media monopoly. He is owed as much as any politician by the media power makers and yet he can't get them to give him the time of day. Silly man.

Obviously the GOP Big circus Tent do not seem to mind that liberal media monopoly was given the power of campaign finance, just bizarre that a GOP front runner uses a liberal rag to debate who Jesus is. Enough to make this Christian want to barf.

23 posted on 12/14/2007 5:31:36 AM PST by Just mythoughts
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To: tompster76

Sorry. But you are wrong.

Mitt-thePERPETUALvictim invited illegal aliens into Mass
and then made the citizens pick up their medical fees.
Mitt did nothing until the weeks before he left office.

I see you also blame President Bush (whom you call ‘Bush’)
for Mitt’s failures.
Perhaps you were living on Mitt’s planet, and missed this.


24 posted on 12/14/2007 5:32:00 AM PST by Diogenesis (Igitur qui desiderat pacem, praeparet bellum)
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To: Diogenesis

Mitt die not “invite” any illegal to MA.

Mitt sought for the local law enforcement deal about 18 months before he left office, but it was granted just 2-3 weeks before he left office (that delay was because of federal delay tactic - not because of Mitt).

Mitt vetoed important bills (e.g. bi-lingual education, specifically crafted for illegals early on in his tenure, and college funding for illegals). Had senators, such as Fred Thompson, not voted against employer’s ability to check immigration status, the situation would have been better, of course.

Apart from Hunter and Tancredo, Romney is the only one who has actually done something against illegal immigration when in office. McCain, Huckabee, Guliani and Thompson all made official decisions in favour of illegals when in office.


25 posted on 12/14/2007 5:49:43 AM PST by tompster76 (Amnesty: No aspirations of citizenship to illegals - ever!)
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To: tompster76

Wrong. Under Mitt-proponent-forILLEGALaliens-beforeHEwasNOT,
illegal aliens did not need licenses, insurance (car or
medical), and sanctuary citizen BLOOMED.
Many are surprised that Mitt did not appoint them judges.

Too bad, Romney was ONLY interested in his Presidential
campaign.


26 posted on 12/14/2007 5:56:02 AM PST by Diogenesis (Igitur qui desiderat pacem, praeparet bellum)
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To: tompster76
Had senators, such as Fred Thompson, not voted against employer’s ability to check immigration status, the situation would have been better, of course.

Yeah, well, let's take a closer look at the record, shall we? (Hat tip to ellery)

Tried to kill voluntary pilot programs for workplace verification in 1996

Wrong. He voted against sections 111-113 in the bill, which called for the president to develop a permanent system that would call for the federal government to OK all employees (including American citizens) before they can work. This came up recently with HillaryCARE, where Hillary proposed that anyone who didn't have insurance would be denied permission to work -- that's the danger of a verification system that doesn't focus solely on immigrants. The program called for pilot programs merely as a prelude to the permanent system.

Your man Mitt would have us move toward the "federal government must approve all employees" system with his "health-care" boondoggle as well.

27 posted on 12/14/2007 6:47:08 AM PST by kevkrom ("Should government be doing this? And if so, then at what level of government?" - FDT)
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To: kabar

Rudy McRomnabee is a strong slate?

Herd of Rinos.


28 posted on 12/14/2007 7:56:07 AM PST by the gillman@blacklagoon.com (And close the damned borders!)
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To: the gillman@blacklagoon.com
Two former governors, a sitting senator, three sitting Congressmen, a former senator, and the former mayor of America's largest city. Compare that to the Dems in terms experience and executive ability.

What yeatr do you consider to be the strongest slate of Rep participants in the Presidential primaries excluding years when there were incumbent Presidents or Vice Presidents?

29 posted on 12/14/2007 8:04:06 AM PST by kabar
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To: kabar

1980.

Last time there was a pub I wanted to vote for.

I wrote this bunch off when they hispandered to Univision.

They want to be president of Mexico let them move south.


30 posted on 12/14/2007 8:25:46 AM PST by the gillman@blacklagoon.com (And close the damned borders!)
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To: Dragonspirit
>>>>>Romney has the best record of any Republican running on the issue of illegal immigration barring Tancredo. He should point it out.


31 posted on 12/14/2007 8:48:50 AM PST by Reagan Man (FUHGETTABOUTIT Rudy....... Conservatives don't vote for liberals!)
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To: Fred

All of them aren’t as good as Hunter on Immigration.

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According to Intrade, the winner of the December 12th GOP debate was... Duncan Hunter.
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1938773/posts


32 posted on 12/14/2007 3:51:24 PM PST by Kevmo (We should withdraw from Iraq via Tehran. And Duncan Hunter is just the man to get that job done.)
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To: kabar
How so? Do you believe the Dem slate is better? In terms of executive experience, intelligence, and substance, the Rep candidates are head and shoulders over the Dems. The MSM has been repeatedly trying to cast a negative image for all Rep candidates. It is pure propaganda and you seem to have been influenced by it. In point of fact, this is one of the strongest Rep slates ever fielded.

You don't know me or my views to make such sweeping statements.

If you're so pleased, good for you. But criticizing our slate has zero to do with my thinking the dems are better, so let's stop such silliness, ok?

33 posted on 12/14/2007 11:28:21 PM PST by Darkwolf377 (Fred's the only one I can get at all enthusiastic about.)
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To: Darkwolf377
You don't know me or my views to make such sweeping statements.

I only know your views from your "sweeping" statement, "Man, what a terrible bunch we’ve got running."

If you're so pleased, good for you. But criticizing our slate has zero to do with my thinking the dems are better, so let's stop such silliness, ok?

I have no problem with our slate. I don't buy the MSM crap about our candidates. Unlike the Dems, we actually have a real choice among our candidates who do not march lockstep in their views. The only silliness is your blanket statement that we have a "terrible bunch" running. It simply isn't so. And you fail to indicate whom you would like to see running who isn't.

34 posted on 12/15/2007 5:25:12 AM PST by kabar
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To: kabar

On the other side they have one former governor, 4 sitting Senators, 2 former senators, and one sitting congressman.


35 posted on 12/16/2007 11:34:48 AM PST by RatsDawg (Hsu out the Democrats in 2008!, Go Hsu-less vote GOP)
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To: All

The fight continues. The man is brilliant and has organized a brilliant staff. He is our smartest candidate and the one best qualified, if for not other reason than money, to defeat the Democratic nominee — who will not face a donor base that has closed its pocketbook this year.


36 posted on 12/16/2007 11:37:26 AM PST by Owen
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To: Owen

He’s not conservative, and he has truth problems.


37 posted on 12/16/2007 11:38:11 AM PST by Petronski (Reject the liberal superfecta: huckabee, romney, giuliani, mccain)
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