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Mitt Assures Murdoch He Won’t Flip-Flop on Immigration

Mitt Assures Murdoch He Won’t Flip-Flop on Immigration

 

Mitt Romney has something of a reputation of being a flip-flopper. A man with no constant star. A spineless jellyfish, a man with no firm convictions, a man who will say or do anything he thinks might win him a vote. But Mitt has drawn a line in the sand: he is not going to flip-flop from whatever immigration position he holds.

Romney reportedly said this at a fundraiser in Manhattan last Thursday organized by investment banker Ken Langone. The fundraiser was a veritable who’s who of rich New York conservatives, including Goldman Sachs head Lloyd Blankfein, New York Jets owner Woody Johnson, real estate mogul Bill Rudin and News Corp founder and CEO Rupert Murdoch.

Politico reports that Romney responded to a question from Murdoch, who said to Romney, “You have to take the fight to Obama on this.” Murdoch, an American citizen who was born in Australia, indicated that Romney needed to reach out to immigrants, especially Latinos.

Romney, however, said he did not intend to soften the hardline anti-immigration stance he took during the GOP primaries.

Romney said he took certain positions in the primary that were to the right of where he needed to be in the general election, according to the report.  He added, “I am not going to be a flip-flopper,” noting that Latino voters make up less than 20 percent of the vote in swing states.

Romney also said that he is not completely ignoring the Latino vote, saying that he is using Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) as a surrogate, adding that one of Romney’s sons speaks Spanish.

Romney also conceded that Obama’s move to suspend deportation of undocumented immigrants who were brought into the country as children was a savvy political move. He also tacitly admitted that much of the GOP outrage on the matter was pure politics, saying that Congressional Republicans had been working on a similar plan before Obama’s announcement.

Murdoch, who has publicly praised Obama’s decision, sent out a series of tweets after the meeting that were highly critical of Romney. In one, Murdoch said, “Tough [Obama] Chicago pros will be hard to beat unless he drops old friends from team and hires some real pros. Doubtful.”

Murdoch also called out Romney for “play[ing] it safe,” asking,”When is Romney going to look like a challenger?” He also said Romney’s immigration policy was “burn[ing] off Hispanics.”

Romney has been caught in a difficult position on immigration. As with many of his positions, his immigration stance was adopted more for political expediency than out of any core conviction. Romney has gained a reputation as a flip-flopper, however, and his base has been hyper-vigilant, looking for warning signs of apostasy from the former Massachusetts governor.

Romney is now forced to try to balance his previous statements on immigration with a national electorate — and a number of wealthy backers — who are much more comfortable with immigration than Romney’s base. It’s a difficult tightrope for Romney to walk, one that will only get tougher as November draws nearer and the questions on immigration grow tougher.

 

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8:59PM PDT on Jul 10, 2012

Funny how all these banks who tricked families into taking out loans, the broker knew they could not afford, but tricked them into it, then these banks forclosed on these families, leaving them in the streets, are the same banks Romney is tied into! As for Murdoch, didn't he just take hundreds of people for huge sums of money, encluding celebraties,(the actress who starred in "The Closure") in addition didn't Murdoch just go to court over being accused of a wire tapping thing? ( I seen him on C-span, on the hot chair giving testimony! And these are the people who are backing good old money hungry Romney? Anyone trusting him is an out and out idiot, and Romney will sell out this country if he has half the chance too! He'll cheat China out of the debt we owe them too! HENCE, WORLD WAR THREE!

8:26AM PDT on Jul 6, 2012

People do realize that Murdoch is Australian, don't they?

5:28AM PDT on Jul 6, 2012

Well what do you know Mr Flip Flopper will stay flop on a any subject for about an hour then he will flip again Willard will say anything to win the election and willard is controlled by so many tea baggers that he is nothing more than a puppet on a string.

12:52PM PDT on Jul 5, 2012

Of course he won't flip-flop on this . . . not for at least the next 30 minutes, anyway!

11:25PM PDT on Jul 4, 2012

of course not, mitty will not 'flip-flop' on immigration, or any other issue. as the dumb witch from Delaware informed us, Mitt has been consistant since he last changed his mind. He has a mind to change?

4:02PM PDT on Jul 4, 2012

@Dave F. With a rap like that you should be on the tonight show (sidewalk all stars)

2:24PM PDT on Jul 4, 2012

Fox News lies.

2:18PM PDT on Jul 4, 2012

So says Mr. Etch-a-sketch. Murdoch and his ilk are the cause of 99.9% of the problems we face in America today. In fact, they're all etch-a-sketches. When repugs are in W.H. they worship them to high heavens. When dems are in W.H. they condemn, hate, harrass and lie over the same issues they worshiped about the repugs. And blame goes to all the pathetic brainwashed public for worshiping their false gods on hate radio and FAUX news.

2:06PM PDT on Jul 4, 2012

So says Mr. Etch-a-sketch. Murdoch and his ilk are the cause of 99.9% of the problems we face in America today. In fact, they're all etch-a-sketches. When repugs are in W.H. they worship them to high heavens. When dems are in W.H. they condemn, hate, harrass and lie over the same issues they worshiped about the repugs. And blame goes to all the pathetic brainwashed public for worshiping their false gods on hate radio and FAUX news.

11:46AM PDT on Jul 4, 2012

Hey Willard if you don't stand up for what you believe you stand for nothing. So I suppose that you stand for nothing.

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