Romney: 'The idea that I'm anti-immigrant is repulsive'

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January 27, 2012, 6:51 pm
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(NECN: Alison King) - “We are not anti-immigration. We are not anti-immigration. We are the pro-immigration, pro legality, pro citizenship nation and party,” said Mitt Romney.

Making his pitch to the Hispanic leadership network, Romney has to be feeling pretty good about his standing in Florida, three days before voters there head to the polls.

After shuffling into Florida earlier this week on the heels of a surging Newt Gingrich, stumbling over questions about his vast wealth and tax returns and getting attacked on television for being a corporate raider, Romney is not only back on top of the polls, he seems to be back on his game.

“Mister Speaker, I’m not anti-immigrant. My father was born in Mexico. My wife's father was born in Wales. They came to this country. The idea that I’m anti-immigrant is repulsive,” Romney said in Thursday night’s CNN debate.

Thanks to a new debate coach, Romney started answering questions. One for example about his 200-million dollar fortune, in a way many feel he should have been answering all along.

“So look, let's put behind this idea of attacking me because of my investments or my money and let's get republicans to say ‘you know what, what you've accomplished in your life shouldn't be seen as a detriment, it should be seen as an asset to help America.’”

Romney thought it was a ‘delightful debate’ and he ‘loved it!’

“I think that his performance last night really helped the establishment to feel much more comfortable about where he's headed,” said Stonehill College Professor Peter Ubertaccio.

After blasting Romney and the establishment Thursday, Gingrich held back on attacks, speaking to the Latin Builder's Association.

“We want every Latin American to have the rule of law, the right to private property, the opportunity to become prosperous,” said Gingrich.

Ubertaccio said Gingrich can lose in Florida and still go on, but...

“I'm just not sure where they will stake a claim,” said Ubertaccio. “He has failed to get on the ballot in Virginia. He's failed to get on the ballot in Missouri.  If he were to lose Florida and then Nevada in the same week, the narrative is going to shift and I’m not sure how he gets back on top.”

Tags: Alison King, Ron Paul, Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich, immigration, Rick Santorum, Illegal immigrant, peter ubertaccio, Florida Primary, hispanic, stonehill college professor, latino
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