Romney Softens Stance on Immigration
Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney softened his stance on immigration a few days before the first of three presidential debates leading to the election in November. His campaign accused White House of admitting that it had failed on the economy.
Romney has been trailing President Barack Obama in polls. He needs to score a win at the debate in Denver on Wednesday night. It is expected that they will tackle several issues, such as the economy, healthcare, and immigration.
Romney’s campaign took Vice President Joe Biden’s statement as admission that President Obama’s policies have failed the economy. Obama’s camp said that the vice president referred to the economic plight of the middle class caused by former President George W. Bush’s policies.
But the Romney campaign used the remark to be in their favor. Paul Ryan, Romney’s running mate, told supporters in Iowa that Vice President Biden said that the middle class has been buried in the last four years.
The Biden remark gave Republicans hope before Wednesday’s debate in Denver. They also softened Romney’s immigration stance in order to attract more voters. The Republican candidate said that he would not overturn an order made by President Obama in June that allowed illegal immigrants brought to the United States as children to stay in the country.
Romney has been struggling to score points with independent voters with regards to immigration issues. In the Republican primaries, Romney suggested that undocumented workers should self-deport from the United States.
In the past, Romney didn’t comment on whether he would reverse President Obama’s order. He previously pledged to put in place an immigration reform that would make the order unnecessary. At present, it looked like he changed his stance on immigration to court the Hispanic vote, which is key to winning in Colorado. Across the nation, President Obama leads over Romney among Hispanic voters by 40 percentage points.