Skip to comments.Romney: A Conservative on Immigration? - record doesn’t reflect his current campaign stances
Posted on 02/24/2012 2:04:35 PM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
One of the biggest myths of the 2012 presidential campaign, propagated by Team Romney and the mainstream media, is that Willard Mitt Romney is a hard-liner on immigration issues. One easily could reach that conclusion if Romney were judged on his speeches, press releases, and sound bites.
However, as all conservatives should know, it is foolish to predict how a politician will govern based on campaign rhetoric. The more reliable way to determine a candidates position is to review his actual record.
It is clear the Romney campaign, beginning with his 2008 bid, decided to use immigration as one of the few hooks it had to lure conservatives to its camp. With Romneys dismal record on fiscal and social issues, his consultants must have concluded that with so little said about immigration by Romney while governor, they could get away with creating a phony record.
Indeed, if one digs deeply, a disturbing pattern emerges. Romneys hard-line positions on immigration suddenly arose as he began thinking of running for president in 2006. Moreover, his current views on immigration usually contradict what he actually said and did as governor. It appears that Romneys immigration positions have been created solely for his presidential run or were based upon events that simply never occurred.
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Besides his religion Romney has changed his stance on everything at one point or another, usually to get elected.
I wouldn’t be surprised if he was a girl at birth and switched on that one too.
It really isn’t even changing his stance, it’s fabricating one.
As a pollster, I doubt that Romney’s speech writers pay any attention at all to Mitt’s actual positions, and he does have positions - liberal ones. What his writers do is poll his intended audience and write phrases that poll well with that group. Romney practices until he sounds mechanical, which is a huge step up from insincere, and then Mitt gets the support of 25%-30% of the GOP voters in that area. Sadly, that’s enough to win a few early states.
I’m shocked...shocked...that this was published by National Review!?
You may not want to accept it, but when it comes to stopping illegal immigration Romney has the strongest positions and has maintained them even though all the Republican elites and campaign consultants and Fox News pundits tell him that you have to be nice to the amnesty and open borders crowd.
The easiest path for Romney would be to take their advice and pander to illegal hispanics. He hasn’t. I trust him more on stopping illegal immigration than the rest of the crowd, save perhaps Santorum.
That's -- I'm running for office, for Pete's sake, I can't have illegals. [video clip] -- Mitt Romney, GOP presidential debate - October 18, 2011 - Las Vegas, NV
What did the article say that you find is unfair to Mitt Romney?
Romney is fake, he used to be for amnesty, and he was determined to keep employing illegals at his own, “Sanctuary Mansion”.
The Boston Globe busted him twice for his 10 years of using illegals, and then his 11th year of using those illegals.
The first scandal was when he was Governor in 2006, and then they discovered that in December of 2007, after
Giuliani had called him on it in a debate, that they were still at his home.
Nothing. But shouldn’t we praise Republicans who become more conservative? Romney and Santorum have improved on immigration. Newt remains the lying backstabbing open-border type he has always been. Ron Paul used to be OK on immigration, but has veered far left in the last year.
I just read the article, it is fantastic, a real keeper.
This is an excellent keeper article as a summary for Romney’s immigration history.
Here is 12 seconds of Mitt on immigration in 2005.
Santorum in the last debate said that people who hire the illegals to change their babies diapers and clip their lawns should NOT have to worry about hiring illegals. So you are HIGHLY misinformed into what is St. Rick's view on illegal invasion. The gated communities and the 1% rely on illegals cheap labor.
It’s sticking his finger in the air and seeing what way the winds are blowing at that moment,
Say Anything to get elected and to hell with any REAL stances on anything.
Everyone knows this is Romney.
Used to be a larger than life super hero my kid played with who could twist in to anything he wanted, Streach Armstrong, ala mitt romney.
Hope You and yours are fine tonight Cincinatus
Easier to believe than his line that he is a conservative.
Romney is not different on every political position that he held dear for the first 59 years of his life, he merely reversed them to run for President as a Republican.
We don't have to help him in that charade, or accept it, or condone that cynical and insulting effort.