McCain’s Opposition Research – Part 25


Via or from BuzzFeed comes an opposition research file compiled by the McCain campaign in 2008.  The document is 194 pages long.  Pages 27 – 34  had two documents of different font size, one overlaying the other.  This post begins  at the top of page 87 and ends in the middle of 96.

I have bolded the first word in each entry for ease of reading.

DOMESTIC POLICY

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

 Campaign Finance Reform
  • In 2002, Romney proposed installing 10 percent tax on private donations to political campaigns.
  • Romney praised McCain at campaign rally shortly before 2002 election, saying he shared McCain’s “values”
  • Romney once proposed capping spending on elections, abolishing PACs and “tightening regulations.”
  • National Review’s Ramesh Ponnuru said Romney once held campaign finance positions “to the left of McCain-Feingold.”
  • Immigration
  • In November 2005, Romney said McCain immigration plan was “quite different” from amnesty and called plan“reasonable.”
  • Romney in 2005: “I think an amnesty program is what – which is all the illegal immigrants who are here are now citizens, and walk up and get your citizenship. What the president has proposed, and what Senator McCain and Cornyn have proposed, are quite different than that.”
  • In March 2006, Romney supported “path toward citizenship” for illegal immigrants.
  • Romney in 2006: “Those that are here paying taxes and not taking government benefits should begin a process towards application for citizenship.”
  • Romney in 2006: “The 11 million or so that are here are not going to be rounded up and box-carted out of America.”
  • Romney’s current immigration stance is at odds with top FL Republicans like Jeb Bush, Charlie Crist and Mel Martinez as he places emphasis on Florida in quest for GOP nomination.
  • Romney mis-characterized former Gov. Jeb Bush’s immigration position, comparing his own initiative to let state police arrest illegal immigrants to a more limited, terrorism-focused program initiated by Bush in wake of9/11 attacks.
  • Romney has failed to clearly articulate any plan for dealing with the estimated 12 million illegal immigrants in the U.S.
  • For more than a decade, Romney used services of company heavily reliant on illegal immigrant labor to perform landscaping duties at his home.
  • While Romney was governor, state of Massachusetts approved government contract for New Bedford firm raided in early 2007 for massive immigration law violations.
  • Environment and Energy
  • In 2003, Romney said, “I think the global warming debate is now pretty much over.”
  • As governor, Romney was open to “regional cap and trade” system to address global warming – saying “now is the time to take action” – but later pulled Massachusetts out of regional agreement on same day he announced he would not seek reelection.
  • In 2004, a Romney press event announcing new state policy to combat global warming was marred by his refusal to admit global warming is actually happening.
  • As candidate for governor, Romney proposed increasing excise taxes on vehicles with high gas mileage –otherwise known as an “SUV tax.”
  • Romney has been open to raising the federal gas tax in the past and has not ruled it out in the future.
  • In 2007 television appearance, Romney refused to rule out a carbon tax or carbon caps if elected president.
  • Romney teamed with Sen. Ted Kennedy to oppose renewable energy project on Cape Cod known as “Cape Wind.”
  • Health Care
  • Romney changed positions on importing cheaper prescription drugs from Canada – first supporting it, now opposing it.
  • Romney called rate of growth of prescription drug costs “outrageous” and said Medicare drug benefit passed n 2003 was too expensive and criticized the Bush Administration for failing to enact broader reforms.
  • Romney’s health insurance reform plan has been assailed by conservative health care experts as “a gourmet recipe for runaway spending” and praised by Ted Kennedy, Hillary Clinton and John Kerry.
  • Romney once called his state’s health insurance law a “once in a generation” achievement.
  • Wall Street Journal said Romney oversold virtues of healthcare plan, imposed government mandate and now distances himself from own policy.
  • Plan is encountering higher costs and more bureaucracy than Romney promised, as officials warn costs must be controlled or the program will be unsustainable.
  • Plan will cost millions more than anticipated while exempting 20% of uninsured from coverage mandate.
  • Romney health plan expanded access to abortion, required Planned Parenthood representative on state policy panel.

CAMPAIGN FINANCE REFORM

Romney Frequently Attacks McCain-Feingold, Promising He Will Fight To Repeal It At CPAC In 2007, Romney Said “I Will Fight To Repeal McCain-Feingold.”

“Time and again, judges add things that aren’t in the Constitution, and they take away things that are in the Constitution. And in that regard,they let the campaign finance lobby take First Amendment rights. If I’m elected president, I will fight to repeal McCain-Feingold.”

(Mitt Romney, Remarks At Conservative Political Action Conference, Washington, DC, 3/2/07)

 

February 2007: Romney Called McCain-Feingold “A Terrible Piece Of Legislation … It Hasn’t Taken The Money Out Of Politics … (But) It Has Hurt My Party.”

“Romney noted his foe from Arizona wrote the McCain-Feingold campaign finance reform law that restricts certain types of contributions. ‘That’s a terrible piece of legislation,’ Romney said. ‘It hasn’t taken the money out of politics. … (But) it has hurt my party.’”

(Lee Bandy,“Romney Targeting McCain,”The State, 2/4/07)

 

Meeting With House Conservatives In 2007, Romney Got “Biggest Applause Line” By Calling McCain-Feingold “One Of The Worst Things In My Lifetime.”

“While several Republicans who attended the Republican Study Committee (RSC) retreat greeted Romney’s remarks on abortion with skepticism, his condemnation of changes to campaign-finance rules struck a positive chord with the entire audience. Romney specifically criticized the 2002 Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act sponsored by his rival for the GOP presidential nomination, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.). ‘Referring to the bill, [Romney] called it “one of the worst things in my lifetime,”‘ one conservative Republican said. ‘The place erupted. That was by far the biggest applause line.’”

(Alexander Bolton,“Romney’s About-Face On Campaign Funding,” The Hill, 2/8/07

 

 

Romney, In November 2006: “I’m Not In Favor Of McCain-Feingold.”

“I’m not in favor of McCain-Feingold.The campaign finance reform provisions didn’t do what they were intended to do. There’s more money in politics and it’s more hidden, not more open.”

(Phil Riske, “Interview With Mitt Romney: Governor Of MA,” Arizona Capitol Times, 11/17/06)

 

 

Romney Praised McCain’s Reform Message Just Months After McCain-Feingold Was Signed Into Law

Concord Monitor  Romney “Praised McCain For His General Reform Campaign When The Arizona Senator Came To Massachusetts” To Campaign In 2002.

“Romney also praised McCain for his general reform campaign when the Arizona senator came to Massachusetts to stump with Romney just before Romney’s 2002election victory in the governor’s race. ‘He has always stood for reform and change. And he’s always fought the good battle, no matter what the odds,’ Romney said at the time. ‘Those are my values.’”

(Eric Moskowitz, “Romney,McCain Spar On Campaign Finance,” Concord [NH] Monitor, 4/27/07)

 

October 2002: Romney Praised McCain’s Fight For “Reform And Change,” Saying “Those Are My Values”And “That’s What I Want To Do As Governor.”

“One of the reasons the people of America honor Senator McCain and why I’m so proud to have him standing with me today is that he has brought American values to the debate on the issues we care about. He has always stood for reform and change. And he’s always fought the good battle, no matter what the odds. Those are my values. That’s what I want to do as Governor.”

(Mitt Romney,Remarks At Campaign Rally,http://web.archive.org, 10/30/02)

 

 

 In 2002, Congress Passed McCain-Feingold Campaign Finance Reform, Was Signed Into Law By President Bush.

“President Bush quietly signed into law Wednesday an overhaul of campaign-finance laws intended to limit the influence of money in races for the White House and Congress. … The low-key signing wasan anticlimactic denouement to a high-profile, seven-year quest for reform by Sens. John McCain, R-Ariz., and Russ Feingold, D-Wis., and their House allies, Republican Christopher Shays of Connecticut and Democrat Marty Meehan of Massachusetts.”

(Laurence McQuillan and Jill Lawrence, “Bush Signs Campaign-Finance Bill,” USA Today, 3/28/02)

 

In 1997, Romney Attended McCain Speech On Campaign Finance Reform, Praised McCain’s “Integrity”And Independent Voice”In 1997, Romney Attended McCain Speech On Campaign Finance Reform At Harvard And Praised McCain’s “Integrity” And “Independent Voice.”

“With the bill he is co-sponsoring with Senator Russell Feingold (D-Wis.) scheduled to go to the Senate floor today, McCain argued the need for reform to a crowd of at least 800 college and graduate students, Kennedy fellows, and guests. Among those in attendance were Massachusetts Senator John F. Kerry, a Democratic supporter of the McCain Feingold bill, and W. Mitt Romney, who challenged Democratic Senator Edward M. Kennedy ’54-’56 of Massachusetts in Kennedy’s 1996 re-election bid. In an interview with The Crimson, Romney mentioned his esteem for McCain’s integrity and his wartime service, calling him an ‘independent voice among Republican leaders.’ ‘I think the years he spent in a Hanoi prison taught him to be impatient and get to the truth,’” Romney said.”

(Jacqueline Newmyer,“McCain Urges Reform at Forum,” The Crimson, 10/7/97)

 

 

Romney Once Supported Taxing Political Donations and Imposing Spending Caps

The Hill: “[R]omney … Once Touted Dramatic Restructuring Measures Such As Taxing Political Contributions And Placing Spending Limits On Federal Campaigns.”

“Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, who strongly criticized campaign-finance regulations in a private meeting with House conservatives las tweek, once touted dramatic restructuring measures such as taxing political contributions and placing spending limits on federal campaigns. Romney’s past positions on campaign-finance regulation, anathema to many social conservatives who believe such rules place unconstitutional limits on free speech, could complicate his ongoing efforts to court conservative leaders.”

(Alexander Bolton, “Romney’s About-Face On Campaign Funding,” The Hill, 2/8/07)

 

“A Review Of Romney’s Public Statements From His 1994 Senatorial And 2002 Gubernatorial Campaigns Reveal That He Once Touted Stringent Campaign-Finance Modifications.”

(Alexander Bolton, “Romney’s About-Face On Campaign Funding,” The Hill, 2/8/07)

 

National Review’s Ramesh Ponnuru: Romney Has Taken Positions That “Place Him To The Left Of McCain-Feingold.”

“Romney, it turns out, has – surprise, surprise – been on both sides of campaign-finance reform. In his 1994 race, Romney came out for banning political action committees, limiting spending on federalraces (something the Supreme Court has not allowed), and opposed allowing larger contributions. All told, those positions place him to the left of McCain-Feingold, which doubled the allowable size of individual donations to candidates.”

(Ramesh Ponnuru, “The Candidates On Campaign Finance,” National Review’s The Corner Blog, 3/6/07)

 

 

 Washington Post  Editorial Noted Romney’s “Dramatic And Wrongheaded Turnaround” On Campaign Finance Reform, Saying “Massachusetts Romney Had It Right.”

“Mr. Romney has turned campaign finance reform into one of his stump villains – which represents a dramatic and wrongheaded turnabout from his days running for office in Massachusetts. … No doubt, the current campaign finance system is flawed; no doubt, some spending has been shifted into areas exempt from disclosure. But if Mr. Romney thinks the system was less corrupt when lawmakers were able to phone up special interests and ask them for seven-figure checks, he is wrong. If he thinks the system was less corrupt when corporations, labor unions and wealthy individuals could spend unlimited amounts on campaign commercials barely disguised as ‘issue’ advertising, he is wrong about that as well. Massachusetts Romney had it right.”

(Editorial, “Campaign Finance Flip,” The Washington Post, 5/25/07)

 

The Hill’s A.B. Stoddard Called Campaign Finance Reform “Another One Of Mitt’s Murky Issues.”

“Romney thinks he has found a winner in campaign finance reform. … Unfortunately, one can readily access enough contradictory statements from Romney’s pre-conversion period of his career to find that campaign finance reform is indeed another one of Mitt’s Murky Issues.”

(A.B. Stoddard, “No Momentum For Mitt,” The Hill’s PunditsBlog, 4/26/07)

 

Romney Campaign Response: “1994 Was 15 Years Ago.”

“Kevin Madden, Romney’s campaign spokesman,declined to comment about campaign finance proposals his boss made in 1994 and 2002. ‘He believes there ought to be transparency and disclosure in a way so the public knows who’s raising money and who’s contributing money,’ said Madden. ‘Right now I can say we make every effort that the campaign adheres to the disclosure and transparency requirements of campaign finance law now; 1994 was 15 years ago.’ Madden reiterated Romney’s belief that the 2002 campaign law hindered public participation.”

(Alexander Bolton, “Romney’s About-Face On Campaign Funding,” The Hill, 2/8/07)

 

Family Research Council’s Tom McClusky:

“[T]his was Mitt Romney in 2002. Who knows? He might have changed his mind on that … He always seems to want to come back to the table.”

(Alexander Bolton, “Romney’s About-Face On Campaign Funding,” The Hill, 2/8/07)

 

Center For Individual Freedom’s Jeff Mazzella: “We’re Adamantly Opposed To The Idea Of Taxing Campaign Donations, Or Eliminating PACs Or Any Abridgement Of The People’s Right To Assemble Or Speak.”

“Jeff Mazzella, the president of the Center for Individual Freedom, another conservative advocacy group,has published harsh criticisms of McCain because of his support for various campaign regulations. He was surprised to hear of Romney’s past positions. ‘I was not familiar [with] Romney’s positions referenced in the articles you stated,’ Mazzella said in an interview. ‘We’re adamantly opposed to the idea of taxing campaign donations, or eliminating PACs or any abridgement of the people’s right to assemble or speak.’”

(Alexander Bolton,“Romney’s About-Face On Campaign Funding,” The Hill, 2/8/07)

 

In 2002, Romney Pushed Plan To Tax Campaign Contributions To Publicly Fund Campaigns Romney Proposed Installing 10 Percent Tax On Private Donations To Political Campaigns.

“Mr. Romney campaigned in favor of clean elections, which provides public money to candidates for state office who meet strict fund-raising requirements. But he suggested an alternative funding method. Instead of providing campaign funds from state coffers, his plan would tap 10 percent of the fund raising of candidates who choose to raise money privately.”

(Richard Nangle, “Clean Election Advocates Keep Pushing,” Telegram & Gazette [Worcester, MA], 11/14/02)

 

 

“Romney Said … He Would Impose A 10 Percent Tax On Campaign Contributions And Use The Money To Pay For Publicly Funded Campaigns.”

(Tom Benner, “Candidates Differ On Public Funding,” The Patriot Ledger, 10/15/02)

 

 

Romney Touted His Plan As Funding Solution For State’s Clean Elections Law.

“The people of Massachusetts approved the Clean Elections law, but funding for this program has been low on the list of state priorities … I have a plan to shift part of the financing costs to politicians, which will spare taxpayers the burden of shouldering the entire expense of this program.”

(Tom Benner, “Candidates Differ On Public Funding,”  The Patriot Ledger,10/15/02)

 

 

“Romney’s 10% Tax On Free Speech Would Have Applied Even To Money That Candidates Paid Out Of Their Own Pockets Into Their Own Campaigns.”

 

(Deroy Murdock, “Mitt Romney’s Swett Problem,” Human Events.com, 3/6/07)

 

Reform Advocates Were Skeptical Of Romney’s Plan.

“Clean Elections supporters call the Romney plan unworkable and unconstitutional. … Romney remains committed to funding the Clean Elections law, said his spokesman, Eric Fehrnstrom. He also said Romney believes his alternative funding scheme will work.”

(Tom Benner,“Candidates Differ On Public Funding,” The Patriot Ledger, 10/15/02)

Romney Reiterated Support For 10% Tax On Political Contributions After Signing FY2004 Budget.

“During the campaign, [Romney] proposed a way to shift the burden off of the taxpayers and onto the politicians themselves. Under his plan, political candidates who do not abide by the spending and fundraising limits would transfer 10 percent of their receipts in order to subsidize qualified candidates who abide by the limits.”

(Gov. Mitt Romney, Press Release, 6/30/03)

 

 

 In 1994, Romney Proposed Capping Spending On Elections, Abolishing PACs And “Tightening Regulations” Romney Proposed Spending Cap On Congressional Elections.

“Romney also said he advocates spending imits on congressional elections, even suggesting that the current race against Sen. Edward M. Kennedy should have a $6 million spending cap.”

(Frank Phillips, “Romney, Vowing To Live It, Touts Congress Reform Plan,” The Boston Globe, 7/27/94)

 

 

Romney: “Political Institutions Must Respond To Real People. If They Don’t, It’s A Slap At Democracy.”

(Frank Phillips, “Romney, Vowing To Live It, Touts Congress Reform Plan,” The Boston Globe, 7/27/94)

 

 

Romney Called For Abolishing PACs, Tightening Regulations.

“As for campaign finance reform, Romney called for abolishing political action committees and tightening regulations of the process by which limits on campaign contributions to individuals can be legally bypassed.”

(Frank Phillips, “Romney, Vowing To Live It, Touts Congress Reform Plan,” The Boston Globe, 7/27/94)

 In 1994, Romney Railed Against Influence Of Money In Politics And Attacked Special Interest Groups

 

Romney Decried That Politicians Were “Forced To Cozy Up … To All The Special Interest Groups” To Raise Campaign Contributions.

“I am personally of the belief that money plays a much more important role in what gets done in Washington than we believe. I personally believe that when campaigns spend the kind of money they’re now spending – this race I understand Ted Kennedy will spend about $10 million to be reelected –he’s been in 32 years, $10 million. I think that’s wrong because – and that’s not his own money, that’s all from other people. And to get that kind of money you’ve got to cozy up as an incumbent to all the special interest groups who can go out and raise money for you from their members. And that kind of relationship has an influence on the way you’re gonna vote.”

(Mitt Romney, Remarks To Burlington Business Roundtable, Burlington, MA, 10/11/94)

 

 

Romney:  “The kinds of demands that are being placed on the economics of running a campaign suggest an increasing power on the part of monied interests – and I think it’s wrong and we’ve got to change it.”

(Mitt Romney, Remarks To Burlington Business Roundtable, Burlington, MA, 10/11/94)

 

 

Romney: “Associations Between Money And Politics … Are Wrong.”

“Read the papers this morning –there’s an article in there about a contribution from Federal Express. Does that have any relationship to the campaign? I don’t know. I saw that the American Trial Lawyers Association and lawyers in general have contributed I think well over $1 million to Ted Kennedy’s campaign. Well, does that have anything to do with the fact that he was unwilling to cut off a filibuster for product liability reform? Who knows. But these kinds of associations between money and politics in my view are wrong.”

(Mitt Romney, Remarks To Burlington Business Roundtable,Burlington, MA, 10/11/94)

 

 

Romney Proposed Campaign Spending Limits “Because Otherwise I Think You Have Money Playing Far Too Important A Role.”

Romney: “And for that reason I would like to have campaign spending limits. And to say we’re not going to spend more than this in certain campaigns – in a campaign for Senate or US Representative and so forth. Because otherwise I think you have money playing far too important a role.”

(Mitt Romney, Remarks To Burlington Business Roundtable, Burlington, MA, 10/11/94)

 

 

Romney:  “I Also Would Abolish PACs … I Don’t Like Them.”

“I also would abolish PACs. You probably have one – I don’t like them. I don’t like the influence of money – whether it’s business, labor or any other group. I do not like that kind of influence. Lobbyists, I want to register, know who they are. I want to make sure gifts are limited. I think we have to really become much more vigilant in seeing the impact on money – and I don’t care how it’s organized – on money on politics.”

(Mitt Romney, Remarks To Burlington Business Roundtable, Burlington, MA, 10/11/94)

Romney:  “I Think Contributions Are Fine, I Just Don’t Want Them To Be Larger And Larger.”

Romney:“I think contributions are fine, I just don’t want them to be larger and larger. Look, it’s $10 million this year. My guess is that six years from now you know the race will be 15 and after that … I mean, did you hear, California Congressman Huffington – $25 million going into that race?”

(Mitt Romney, Remarks To Burlington Business Roundtable,Burlington, MA, 10/11/94)

IMMIGRATION

Romney Has Been Criticized For Sending “Mixed Message” And Having “Seemingly Inconsistent”Positions

Palm Beach Post

Romney Offered “Mixed Message On Illegal Immigrants … Saying He Supports Allowing Them To Apply To Become Permanent Residents But Opposes Current Legislation That Would Allow Them To Do Just That.”

“Mitt Romney offered a mixed message on illegal immigrants Thursday, saying he supports allowing them to apply to become permanent residents but opposes current legislation that would allow them to do just that. … While Romney, the former governor of Massachusetts, said he would ‘not deny’ illegal immigrants the ‘opportunity to apply for permanent residency or citizenship,’ he would not say how he would change the proposed legislation to make such application acceptable.”

(Brian Crowley, “Romney Skirts Solution To Immigration Issue,”  Palm Beach Post, 5/25/07)

 

St. Petersburg Times: “Facing Scrutiny In Florida On Immigration, Republican Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney Shed Little Light On His Policy During Campaign Stops Thursday.”

 

(David DeCamp, “Romney Offers Little On Immigration,” St. Petersburg Times, 5/25/07)

 

 

St. Petersburg Times: Romney “Did Not Provide Many Details About How He Would Deal With Illegal Immigrants Already In The Country.”

“Romney, a former governor of Massachusetts, opposes the immigration bill in Congress supported by key Floridians, including Gov. Charlie Crist and Sen. Mel Martinez,both Republicans. The bill would give an estimated 12-million illegal immigrants a route to legal residency and citizenship. Romney, however, did not provide many details about how he would deal with illegal immigrants already in the country.”

(David DeCamp, “Romney Offers Little On Immigration,” St. Petersburg Times, 5/25/07)

 

Tampa Tribune: Romney “Sent Vague And Seemingly Inconsistent Messages” On Immigration.

“As immigration reform continues to divide the candidates in the Republican presidential primary, Mitt Romney sent vague and seemingly inconsistent messages on the issue in a campaign swing through Florida Thursday. In a gathering of reporters before his appearance at a Polk County Republican Party fundraising dinner, Romney said he opposes the current reform package in the Senate, but wouldn’t say what it would take to fix it.”

(William March,“Romney Vague On Immigration,” Tampa Tribune’s   “March On Politics” Blog, 5/25/07)

 

 

Tampa Tribune: Romney “Didn’t Explain” How His Ideas On Immigration Would Avoid Giving Illegal Immigrants An Advantage In Applying For Residency.

“Romney said he would allow illegal immigrants ‘to apply for citizenship and permanent residency, but I would not give them an advantage relative to those who have already applied, relative to those who are staying in their home countries.’ But he didn’t explain how that application process would work so as to avoid giving illegal immigrants ‘an advantage.’”

(William March, “Romney Vague On Immigration,” Tampa Tribune’s “March On Politics”Blog, 5/25/07)

 

 

Tampa Tribune: “In The Past, Romney Has Appeared To Support Allowing Illegal Immigrants To Apply For Citizenship Without Having To Leave The Country First.”

(William March, “Romney Vague On Immigration,”Tampa Tribune’s “March On Politics”Blog, 5/25/07)

 

Miami Herald: Romney’s Statements “Suggest He Actually Agrees With Major Tenets” Of Plan He Claims To Oppose.

“Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney said he ‘strongly opposes’ an immigration plan also denounced by his party’s conservative wing, yet his public statements suggest he actually agrees with major tenets of the proposal in Congress.”

(Beth Reinhard and Lesley Clark, “Romney’s Immigration Stance At Odds With State GOP Leaders,” The Miami Herald, 5/24/07)

 

Romney Repeatedly Called Immigration Deal “Amnesty” While In South Carolina, But Refused To Label It“Amnesty” During Appearance In Florida, In South Carolina, Romney Repeatedly Labeled The Immigration Deal As “Amnesty.”

“The crowd at South Carolina’s Republican convention … cheered as presidential candidate Romney told them: ‘One simple rule: No amnesty.’ During his speech and before his remarks, Romney said a proposed new visa for immigrants amounts to amnesty if it can be renewed indefinitely. ‘If that’s not a form of amnesty, I don’t know what is,’ Romney said.”

(Jim Davenport, “S.C. Republicans Cheer Romney As He Attacks Immigration Bill,” The Associated Press, 5/19/07)

Romney In South Carolina:

“I think we should not call it the ‘Z visa,’ we should call it the ‘A visa’ because it’s amnesty and that’s what it stands for.”

(Jim Davenport, “S.C. Republicans Cheer Romney As He Attacks Immigration Bill,” The Associated Press, 5/19/07)

 

 

Watch Romney Speak To South Carolina Audience On Immigration But In Florida, Romney “Refused to Use The Word ‘Amnesty’” To Describe Immigration Deal.

“Although here fused to use the word ‘amnesty,’ as other opponents of the current immigration bill have, Romney said he doesn’t mind if illegal immigrants apply for legal work visas, but not before those who have obeyed the law by staying in their own country to apply have done so first.”

(Bill Rufty, “Romney Speaks To County Republicans At Dinner,” Lakeland Ledger, 5/25/07)

 

 

Romney In Florida: “There are some who get involved in whether it is technically amnesty or not, and I’m not really trying to define what is technically amnesty, I’ll let the lawyers do that.”

(Mitt Romney, Interview With

The [Lakeland,FL] Ledger,www.theledger.com, Accessed 5/25/07)

 

 

Watch Romney Speak To Florida Reporters On Immigration But In November 2005, Romney Said McCain-Kennedy Immigration Reform Was “Quite Different Than”Amnesty, Called Bill “Reasonable”In November 2005, Romney Spoke “Approvingly Of Efforts By McCain And Bush To Solve The Nation’s Immigration Crisis,” Saying McCain-Kennedy Was “Quite Different” From Amnesty, Called Proposal“Reasonable.”

“In a November 2005 interview with the Globe, Romney described immigration proposals by McCain and others as ‘quite different’ from amnesty, because they required illegal immigrants to register with the government, work for years, pay taxes, not take public benefits, and pay a fine before applying for citizenship.‘That’s very different than amnesty, where you literally say, “OK, everybody here gets to stay,”‘ Romney said in the interview. ‘It’s saying you could work your way into becoming a legal resident of the country by working here without taking benefits and then applying and then paying a fine.’ Romney did not specifically endorse McCain’s bill, saying he had not yet formulated a full position on immigration. But he did speak approvingly of efforts by McCain and Bush to solve the nation’s immigration crisis, calling them ‘reasonable proposals.’ Romney also said in the interview that it was not ‘practical or economic for the country’ to deport the estimated 12 million immigrants living in the US illegally. ‘These people contribute in many cases to our economy and to our society,’ he said. ‘In some cases, they do not. But that’s a whole group we’re going to have to determine how to deal with.’”

(Scott Helman, “Romney’s Words Grow Hard On Immigration,” The Boston Globe, 3/16/07)

Romney In November 2005: “I think an amnesty program is what – which is all the illegal immigrants who are here are now citizens, and walk up and get your citizenship. What the president has proposed, and what Senator McCain and Cornyn have proposed, are quite different than that. They require people signing up for a – well, registering and receiving a, if you will, a number – a registration number. Then working here for six years and paying taxes – not taking benefits. Health, Medicaid, food stamps and so forth, not taking benefits.  And then at the end of that period, registering to become a citizen, or applying to become a citizen and paying a fee. And those are things that are being considered. And I think that that’s – that those are reasonable proposals.”

(Linked Audio:www.boston.com, Scott Helman, “Romney’s Words Grow Hard On Immigration,” The Boston Globe, 3/16/07)

 

 

Listen To Romney Speak On Immigration In 2005.Today, Romney Says He Opposes Immigration Reform Compromise Because It Creates “Special Pathway To Citizenship”

 

 

Romney Says He Opposes Any “Special Pathway To Citizenship.”

“[I] think I’m best off to describe my own positions. And my positions, I think I’ve just described for you – secure the border, employment verification and no special pathway to citizenship. I feel that’s the course we ought to take.”

(CNN’s “The Situation Room,” 5/22/07)

Romney Campaign Says Romney Opposes “Special Pathway To Citizenship.”

“In fact, [Romney aide Kevin]Madden concedes, there are parts of the compromise bill that Romney supports. Their particular problem is that the measure – and particularly the ‘Z visa’ – presents a ‘special pathway to citizenship,’ Madden says.”

(JonathanMartin, “The McCain-Romney Battle Comes Out Of The Shadows,” Politico.com, 5/24/07)

 

But In March 2006, Romney Supported “Path Toward Citizenship” For Illegal Immigrants, Said Republicans Who Broke Ranks With President Bush “Made A Big Mistake”

 

“Gov. Mitt Romney Expressed Support … For An Immigration Program That Places Large Numbers Of  Illegal Residents On The Path Toward Citizenship … Romney Said Illegal Immigrants Should Have A Chance To Obtain Citizenship.”

(Evan Lehmann, “Romney Supports Immigration Program, But Not Granting ‘Amnesty’,” The Lowell Sun, 3/30/06)

 

 

Romney:  “I don’t believe in rounding up 11 million people and forcing them at gunpoint from our country …With these 11 million people, let’s have them registered, know who they are. Those who’ve been arrested or convicted of crimes shouldn’t be here; those that are here paying taxes and not taking government benefits should begin a process towards application for citizenship, as they would from their home country.”

(Evan Lehmann, “Romney Supports Immigration Program, But Not Granting ‘Amnesty’,” The Lowell Sun, 3/30/06)

“[M]assachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, Has Made It Known That He Supports The President’s Immigration Position, Saying That Republicans Who Have Broken Rank With Bush ‘Made A Big Mistake.’”

(Liz Sidoti,“McCain May Alienate Some Conservatives,”  The Associated Press, 9/20/06)

 

 

Romney Refuses To Say What He Would Do With Illegal Immigrants In Country Today Romney “Did Not Provide Many Details About How He Would Deal With Illegal Immigrants Already In The Country.”

“Romney, a former governor of Massachusetts, opposes the immigration bill in Congress supported by key Floridians, including Gov. Charlie Crist and Sen. Mel Martinez, both Republicans. The bill would give an estimated 12-million illegal immigrants a route to legal residency and citizenship. Romney, however, did not provide many details about how he would deal with illegal immigrants already in the country.”

(David DeCamp,“Romney Offers Little On Immigration,” St. Petersburg Times, 5/25/07)

The Politico: “Romney Continues To Punt On What To Do With The 12 Million Illegal Immigrants In The Country.”

(Jonathan Martin, “The ‘A’ Word,” The Politico, 5/25/07)

 

Now And In Recent Past, Romney Says We Shouldn’t “Round Up” And Deport Illegal Immigrants

 

Romney In May 2007: “I Don’t Think That We’re Going To Round Up 11 Or 12 Or However Many Million People And Bus Them Out Of The Country. That’s Not What I’m Talking About.”

“I don’t think that we’re going to round up 11 or 12 or however many million people and bus them out of the country. That’s not what I’m talking about … Those who committed felonies, of course, would be deported. Those who require government assistance to stay here would surely need to get off government assistance and ultimately could not remain hereon government assistance.’”

(Brendan Farrington, “Romney Says His Opposition To Same-Sex Marriage Isn’t Intolerance,” The Associated Press, 5/24/07)

 

 

Romney Aide Said He Wouldn’t Necessarily Favor Deporting All Illegal Immigrants, Claiming “That’s Something We’re Willing To Work On.”

“So would Romney suggest deporting the 12 million illegal immigrants now in the country? Not necessarily. ‘That’s something that we’re willing to work on,’ says[Romney aide Kevin] Madden.”

(Jonathan Martin, “The McCain-Romney Battle Comes Out Of The Shadows,” Politico.com,5/24/07)

 

Romney In March 2007: “I don’t believe we’re going to round up the 12 or 20 million people and deport them. …[Romney said he is] not in favor of widespread roundups …”

(Carla Marinucci, “Romney Says Illegal Immigrants Should Register,” San Francisco Chronicle, 3/16/07)

 

Romney In March 2006:  “I don’t believe in rounding up 11 million people and forcing them at gunpoint from our country …”

(Evan Lehmann, “Romney Supports Immigration Program, But Not Granting ‘Amnesty’,” The Lowell Sun, 3/30/06)

 

 

Romney In March 2006:

“The 11 million or so [illegal immigrants] that are here are not going to be rounded up and box-carted out of America.”

(Heidi Przybyla, “Romney Shifts On Immigration, Sharpening Contrast With McCain,” Bloomberg,3/29/07)

 

 

 In Florida Romney Said “He Supports Allowing [Illegal Immigrants] To Apply To Become Permanent Residents But Opposes Current Legislation That Would Allow Them To Do Just That”

In Florida, Romney Offered “Mixed Message On Illegal Immigrants … Saying He Supports Allowing Them To Apply To Become Permanent Residents But Opposes Current Legislation That Would Allow Them ToDo Just That.”

“Mitt Romney offered a mixed message on illegal immigrants Thursday, saying he supports allowing them to apply to become permanent residents but opposes current legislation that would allow them to do just that. … While Romney, the former governor of Massachusetts, said he would ‘not deny’ illegal immigrants the ‘opportunity to apply for permanent residency or citizenship,’ he would not say how he would change the proposed legislation to make such application acceptable.”

(Brian Crowley, “Romney Skirts Solution To Immigration Issue,” Palm Beach Post, 5/25/07)

 

Romney Refused To Say “How He Would Deal With Illegal Immigrants Already In The Country.”

“Romney,a former governor of Massachusetts, opposes the immigration bill in Congress supported by key Floridians,including Gov. Charlie Crist and Sen. Mel Martinez, both Republicans. The bill would give an estimated 12-million illegal immigrants a route to legal residency and citizenship. Romney, however, did not provide many details about how he would deal with illegal immigrants already in the country.”

(David DeCamp, “Romney Offers Little On Immigration,” St. Petersburg Times, 5/25/07)

 

 

Romney In Florida:  “You know I haven’t laid out the specific provisions of where they apply, do they go home, do they stay, are they allowed to stay for some period of time. There’s a lot of negotiation and give and take on issues of that nature. For me the central issue is that people who are here illegally should be able to –should not be prohibited – should be able to apply for permanent residency or citizenship, that should not be prohibited, but that they should not receive any special advantage in being granted those status relative to people who have applied legally. So that’s for me the touchstone principle and then we can talk about ‘should they go home, should they stay, do they pay a fine, can they stay here temporarily.’ These are all issues that can be worked out in negotiated legislative process, but for me the central issue is as I’ve described.”

(Mitt Romney, Interview With The [Lakeland, FL] Ledger ,www.theledger.com, Accessed 5/25/07)

 

 

But At Recent South Carolina Debate, Romney Said He Would Tell Illegal Immigrants To “Go Home”

 

Romney: “I Am Going To Tell Them To Go Home.”

ROMNEY: “My view is this: people should have no advantage by having come here illegally.”

FOX NEWS’ CHRIS WALLACE: “But you are not telling them to go home, sir.”

ROMNEY: “I am going to tell them to go home. They can begin the process of applying for citizenship or applying for permanent residency.”

(Fox News Republican Presidential Debate, Columbia, SC, 5/15/07)

Romney Claims “All” Illegal Immigrants “Would All Be Qualified” To Stay In U.S. “For The Rest Of Their Lives,” But Actual Senate Proposal Does Not Support His Assertion May 29, 2007: Romney Claims “All Those That Are Here Illegally Today Would All Be Qualified” To Receive “Z” Visa And “Stay Here For The Rest Of Their Lives.”
ROMNEY: “[T]he Senate bill which is currently being considered in Washington says that all those that are here illegally today would all be qualified to get what is known as a ‘Z’ Visa and to stay here for the rest of their lives under this visa. That in my view, while it may or may not be technically amnesty, is an amnesty-like provision that I don’t support.”
(Mitt Romney, Remarks In Dover, NH, 5/29/07)
“Z” Visa Requires Applicants To Admit Breaking Law, Pay Fine, Pass Criminal Background Check,Remain Employed And Maintain Clean Record.
“In order to obtain a Z visa granting temporary legal status,workers in the country before January 1, 2007, must acknowledge that they broke the law, pay a $1,000 fine,pass criminal background checks, remain employed, and maintain a clean record.”
(The White House, “Fact Sheet:Border Security And Immigration Reform Agreement Overcomes 1986 Mistakes,” White House Website,www.whitehouse.gov, 5/22/07)
Wide Range Of Crimes Extending “Into The Thousands” Disqualifies Potential Applicants From Being Granted “Z” Visa.
“The range of crimes that disqualify applicants from the Z visa program extends into the thousands and includes: Any felony; Any three or more misdemeanors; Any serious criminal offense; Crimes involving moral turpitude (with narrow exceptions for certain misdemeanors such as those committed beforeage 18); Violations of a law relating to a controlled substance.”
(The White House, “Immigration Fact Check: Responding To Key Myths,” White House Website,www.whitehouse.gov, 5/25/07)

 

Top Romney Advisor Recently Said Romney Would Put Forward “An Immigration Proposal,” But Romney Refuses To Offer Any Proposals Or Solutions As He Criticizes Senate Compromise96

Former Florida GOP Chairman Al Cardenas, A Key Romney Adviser, Said “I Am Confident That He Will[Put] Forward An Immigration Proposal That Floridians And Hispanics Alike Will Find Fair.”

“Romney advisor Al Cardenas, a Cuban-American lawyer and former chairman of the Republican Party of Florida, said:‘The criticism he has received has been over the top and unfair. … I am confident that he will [put] forward an immigration proposal that Floridians and Hispanics alike will find fair.’”

(Beth Reinhard and Lesley Clark, “Romney’s Immigration Stance At Odds With State GOP Leaders,” The Miami Herald, 5/24/07)

 

In Florida, Romney Declined To Say “How He Would Specifically Change” The Immigration Deal, Saying“I’m Not A Legislator.”

“Asked at a news conference in Lakeland how he would specifically change the language, Romney said, ‘I’m not, here, going to describe language of a piece of legislation. I’m not a legislator, at least not currently, so I’m not going to give you legislative language.’”

(Brian Crowley, “Romney Skirts Solution To Immigration Issue,”  Palm Beach Post, 5/25/07)

 

The Hotline  Reported That “No Specific Proposals Are Forthcoming” From Romney On Immigration.

“By the way: if you’re wondering precisely what Mitt Romney … would actually do with the 11-12m illegal immigrants already here, well, you’ll have to wait a while. No specific proposals are forthcoming, we are told.”

(“McCain Is A Lone Wolf On Immigration,” The Hotline’s “On Call”Blog, 5/23/07)

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