From Fox News Latino:
“Immigration is once again fueling a clash between the presidential candidates, as the Barack Obama campaign takes GOP candidate Mitt Romney to task for his endorsement of a Midwestern immigration hardliner.
Romney endorsed Rep. Steve King (R-IA) at a campaign event on Friday.”
You don’t recognize the name? Well, besides calling for an electrified fence along the U.S.-Mexico border, King’s the guy who compared immigrants to dogs, saying America should choose “the pick of the litter.” But, hey, maybe he’s a dog person.
And in case this guy doesn’t give you the chills already, he also wants to make English the official language of the United States. And, oh yeah! He also sits on the House Subcommittee on Immigration. “…with liberty and justice for all.”
The Obama campaign was keen to jump all over the Romney camp’s decision to back, as the Obama peeps put it, one of “the most strident voices in his party.”
While Romney’s busy throwing his support behind an immigration hardliner in Iowa, Republicans in the hate state of Arizona are busy tacking away from the state’s infamously hardline position.
From The Arizona Republic:
“A growing number of influential Republicans in Arizona are speaking out in favor of an alternative approach to immigration — one that includes a guest-worker program and letting undocumented immigrants gain legal status.
Along with those elements, the approach calls for securing the border and remaining tough on immigration enforcement. …
The move to embrace what Republican supporters consider a more practical, market-driven approach contrasts starkly with enforcement-only laws such as SB 1070 that conservative Republicans in Arizona have pushed for years. Other states have copied such laws. The harder-line approach has earned Arizona a reputation as one of the toughest enforcement states in the nation and a pioneer at cracking down on illegal immigrants.”
Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery, a supporter of the controversial SB 1070 law, is even calling for a three-year moratorium on the prosecution of undocumented immigrants and the businesses that hire them, during which time the undocumented can apply for legal permanent residency.
Such efforts fly in the face of the Republican establishment whose platform describes SB 1070 as a model for the country and makes no room for anything other than the immediate deportation of undocumented immigrants.
So, Romney drifts further right, while some in his party develop a heartbeat.
If anyone still clings to the hope that Romney is a secret moderate, Exhibit C: