Sunday, November 2, 2014

Breitbart Fail: Romney Did Not Advocate for Amnesty

This morning on Fox News Sunday, Governor Mitt Romney served as the surrogate on Republican chances for winning the US Senate this November 4th.

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Chris Wallace on Fox News Sunday

I differed with two other comments which he had made, but Breitbart focused on something else, which no one should find objectionable:

Republican-led Senate would pass new, stronger legislation on immigration reform.

Immigration reform is not a bad thing in itself. Romney explained what immigration reform means:

Romney said, “You’re going to see a provision, first of all, to secure the border.

Exactly. Secure the border. The United States does not need a fence. This country needs more than an adequate provision of military personnel along the border to secure our citizens and their property, to deter future illegal immigration, and to operate adequate screening facilities to ensure that those who come legally do not have to wait decades to become naturalized citizens.

Second of all, to deal with those who come here illegally.

Mitt Romney

That's all that Romney said. He did not say: Give them citizenship. Nor did he suggest granting citizenship or a pathway for law-breakers. Ann Coulter claims that he is the only major Republican leader with the best immigration policy: self-deport.

Perhaps not the most articulate message, but discouraging illegal behavior and encourage legal, streamlined immigration should be the goal of the New Republican majority in Washington.

Yet the article implies that Romney is "tone deaf."

 And third, to make sure our immigration policies are more open and transparent … That’s going to happen.

Yes, yes and yes. The current program is sclerotic and dysfunction. There are currently four million legal residents still waiting for their final naturalization papers. That is a crime. Individuals who have played by the rules, passed all the tests, and paid all the fees should not have to wait one more minute to get their full recognition of citizenship.

You’re going to see a bill actually reach the desk of the president if we finally have someone besides Harry Reid sitting in the Senate. So, we’re going to get it done.”

Now, I take exception to a different point. Why was Mitt Romney the point person for the GOP US Senate argument? Why not US Senator Rand Paul or Jerry Moran of Kansas? Moran is the Nationral Republican Senate Committee Chairman this year. Even John Cornyn could have stumped for his party, since he was the chairman in 2012.

Romney was not the best surrogate on Fox News. He lost the 2012 election because he did not inspire the base to vote. Furthermore, his tepid assurances were not convincing.  "I won't say that the GOP will take the US Senate, but we will gain seats in the House and the Senate."

Romney wouldn't say whether Republicans would take the U Senate or not? The lack of bold resolve from this candidate is still on full display. For this reason, every conservative and Main Street voter should take the former Massachusetts Governor at his word that he will not run again in 2016.

That would be his Act of Love for this country.

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