Dems hit Romney’s Tancredo like immigration stance

Mitt Romney ace in the hole with ultra-conservative voters over the last six years has always been his willingness to demonize immigrants in order to sideline his opponents. He did it early with John McCain in 2007 over McCain’s support for immigration reform, effectively sidelining McCain till late 2007. Tom Tancredo dropped out of the presidential race and endorsed Romney saying that the Republican field with the help of Romney had helped “out Tancredo Tom Tancedo,” Romney did it with Rick Perry last summer, using the fact that Texas offers in state tuition for undocumented students who live in Texas. Last night, he attacked Newt Gingrich on immigration because he was not willing to immediately deport 12 million undocumented immigrants who are in the United States essentially breaking up families and sending children to countries that they don’t even know. The DNC and the Obama campaign shot back this morning. Conservative reporters like the Washington Examiner’s Phillip Kleinquestioned Romney aides about what they would do with the 12 million undocumented immigrants and unsurprisingly got no clear answer. The Obama campaign called Romney’s position craven.

“He is the most right wing presidental candidate on this issue in recent presidential history,” Obama spokesman Ben LaBolt said on the conference call. “He attacked Speaker Gingrich for saying we should have a humane immigration policy. He’s now opposed to comprehensive immigration reform. He’s opposed to the DREAM act. He wants to roll back the investments we made in Pell Grants that have [given] hundreds of thousands of Hispanic children the opportunity for a higher education. He wants to roll back the Affordable Care Act and their health care benfits.”

The DNC shot back with a web video of last nights remarks. Romney has now demonized immigrants for political gain enough times that it should be a running story and a real political liability for him in the general election if he can win the primary. The closest example I can come up with is the George Wallace and subsequent Nixon ’68 campaign and the demonization of the civil rights movement for political gain.

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