Romney hedges on immigration plan

2012-04-24 08:37
Aston - Mitt Romney, the presumed Republican nominee in the race to challenge President Barack Obama, appeared alongside potential running mate Senator Marco Rubio on Monday, but stopped short of endorsing his immigration plan.

The Cuban-American senator has been the subject of deep speculation and considered a top potential pick for vice president, not only because of his conservative credentials but also because he is seen as being able to shore-up badly needed support from the Latino community.

Romney said he's considering the freshman Florida senator's plan to help some young people stay in the country legally while denying them an opportunity to become citizens.

"I anticipate before the November election we'll be laying out whole series of policies that relate to immigration and obviously our first priority is to secure the border, and yet we also have very substantial visa programmes in this country," Romney said as he stood next to Rubio and answered reporters' questions for the first time since effectively securing the Republican presidential nomination.

Romney's answers illustrate the careful line he has to walk as he transitions from a brutal Republican primary and into the general election, where he'll have to tussle with Obama for support from the Hispanic, women and young voters who propelled the Democrat to victory in 2008.


Obama, meanwhile, has to hang on to those constituencies. His Tuesday-Wednesday tour through North Carolina, Colorado and Iowa is intended to rally the young supporters he needs again in November.

Romney tacked to the right on immigration during the primary but in recent days, he's been highlighting Hispanic concerns at events while leaving out much of the rhetoric he embraced earlier this year.

Still, he wouldn't go so far as to embrace Rubio's immigration proposal, saying only that it has "many features to commend it". The freshman Florida senator has said his goal is to craft a Republican compromise on the so-called DREAM Act that Romney could support.

The DREAM Act, which has languished on Capitol Hill, would provide a path to citizenship for some young illegal immigrants who attend college or serve in the military.

Rubio said he was no longer commenting on the process. He has said he doesn't want the running-mate slot, and some Republicans have urged him to consider running for the top slot in 2016.

Read more on:    barack obama  |  mitt romney  |  marco rubio  |  us  |  us elections 2012

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
NEXT ON NEWS24X publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24


Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.