Romney hedges on immigration plan
24 April 2012, 12:00
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
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.
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.
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.
The DREAM Act
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.
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.
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