Romney “Still Deciding” His Position on Immigration?
Mitt Romney was the Governor of Massachusetts from 2003 to 2007. Since 2007 he has been running for president but he’s “still deciding” what his position is on immigration? Really?
The Republican National Committee attempted to walk back a potentially bruising botched response Tuesday after an official said Mitt Romney is still making up his mind on immigration.
“As a candidate, to my understanding, he’s still deciding what his position on immigration is,” said Bettina Inclan, the RNC’s director of Hispanic outreach.
Inclan was speaking at an RNC event unveiling six new regional staffers who will direct Hispanic outreach in swing states. But asked how the RNC will speak with Hispanic voters about immigration, Inclan said she couldn’t speak about what policies GOP candidates would put forth.
Within minutes, as Inclan’s comments started spreading on Twitter, RNC spokeswoman Kirsten Kukowski stepped in and said Inclan’s comments had been misconstrued.
“We never said the governor is still deciding on immigration,” said Kukowski. “I want to make sure we are exponentially clear.”
Kukowski said the RNC only started the transition to joint operations with Romney’s campaign within the past few weeks, and that the RNC’s task is to peform voter outreach and get-out-the-vote efforts, not to talk specific policy.
“We are going to be able to talk about Mitt Romney’s position. Right now what we are here to talk about is what our outreach effort is going to be,” she said. “I would ask that you give us a little time.”
The incident was also risky for Romney because it played into a narrative pushed by Romney’s opponents that he alters his positions to please the electorate.
Ah, yeah. If a guy who has been running for president since 2007 doesn’t have a firm position on immigration, you’re damn right he looks like he “alters his position to please the electorate.”