Mitt Romney refuses to say whether he’d repeal the Obama administration’s decision to stop deporting certain undocumented immigrants.
In an interview with Bob Schieffer aired Sunday on CBS’s “Face the Nation,” the presumptive Republican presidential nominee five different times declined to answer whether he would conduct the same policy President Barack Obama on Friday announced his Department of Homeland Security will now pursue.
Instead of answering the question posed, Romney called for a permanent solution.
“With regards to these kids who were brought in by their parents through no fault of their own, there needs to be a long-term solution so they know what their status is,” Romney said. “This is something Congress has been working on, and I thought we were about to see some proposals brought forward by Sen. Marco Rubio and by Democrat senators, but the president jumped in and said I'm going to take this action, he called it a stop-gap measure. I don't know why he feels stop-gap measures are the right way to go.”
After Schieffer asked, directly, four additional times if Romney would repeal the policy without receiving an answer, Romney called the move political.
“I think the timing is pretty clear, if he really wanted to make a solution that dealt with these kids or with illegal immigration in America, than this is something he would have taken up in his first three and a half years, not in his last few months,” he said.
Except for the fact that a permanent solution, the DREAM Act, was offered, Mitt. And your side killed it because they don't want a permanent solution. He knows the second he stakes out a choice here, it's over and he's done. If he decides he has to reverse the policy, he's done with Latino voters. If he doesn't reverse it, his base will turn on him. Either way he takes the least damage by not taking a stand.
What a hero making the tough calls. How can this spineless twit be President?