Romney’s Ohio Speech Hard-Hitting, Reaction to Obama’s Amnesty for Illegals, Not So Much

In contrast to Obama’s long-winded bullshit on stilts, Mitt Romney’s speech in Cincinnati was concise and hard-hitting.

Via Policymic.
On Thursday, President Obama and Mitt Romney both gave speeches in the battleground state of Ohio. Romney delivered a short, hammering speech that dissected Obama’s record piece by piece. President Obama on the other hand, gave a speech that was long-winded, repetitive and bitter.

The event marked the latest in Romney’s prebuttal strategy. After initially having their speeches scheduled to go on at the same time, Romney moved his speech up ten minutes at the last minute so that he could get all the important parts in, and effectively cut the legs off of Obama’s speech before it was even made. So far, the cutthroat tactic is proving quite effective.

Romney’s speech in Cincinnati was short, but like the perfect blues solo, it hit all the right notes. His delivery was fluid and direct. He used his brief time to encourage anyone listening to go talk to those who own their own business, and ask if President Obama had made their lives any easier. Romney then went on to effectively debunk each of Obama’s major ‘accomplishments.’

Romney discussed how the bloated stimulus bill failed to keep unemployment beneath 8%. He also talked about how the U.S. Chamber of Commerce carried out a survey of 1,500 businesses across the country, during which 75% of them said Obamacare made them feel less likely to want to hire new people. He brought up how ObamaCare’s price tag has doubled, and offered some new ideas on what to replace it with.

Romney hit Dodd-Frank, and the negative effect it had on both bankers and small businesses trying to get loans. After that he hammered Obama on energy. He reminded the audience how as a presidential candidate, Obama said that anyone who opened a coal power plant would go bankrupt if Obama’s policies were implemented. And of course, he brought up the Keystone Pipeline, which Romney has promised to approve his first week as president.

But his response to Obama’s unlawful amnesty for illegals is pretty damned weak, all things considered.

From ABC News

Mitt Romney opened the door to a new stance on illegal immigration Friday, saying he agreed with Marco Rubio’s criticism of the president’s decision not to deport the children of illegal immigrants.

Rubio is also in the midst of writing a proposal that would help the children of illegal immigrants stay in the U.S.

But Romney campaign aides said the candidate was not yet endorsing Rubio’s approach.

Romney took issue with President Obama’s decision to halt the deportation several hundred thousand young illegal immigrants, saying that the administration’s policy shift “makes reaching a long-term solution more difficult.”

……Rubio’s version of the DREAM Act is not legislation yet and is still being developed, but Romney is clearly considering the approach. This is controversial with many members of the GOP because they are opposed to any sort of legislation that would provide a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants.

When reporters pressed Romney to answer whether he would reverse the policy if elected, Romney declined to answer and instead turned and walked back onto his campaign bus.

That response is a hell of a lot different than what his website says:

A Strong Stand Against Illegal Immigration

Mitt Romney will protect legal immigration and the 4.5 million who are waiting in line to enter the United States legally by taking a strong stand against illegal immigration. He believes that illegal immigration must end and has a proven track record of advancing that goal.

  • Secure The Border

Mitt Romney will complete a high-tech fence and provide the necessary number of border patrol to finally secure our southern border.

  • Turn Off The Magnets

Mitt Romney opposes all “magnets” that entice illegal immigrants to come to our country illegally and stay here. He will establish a tamper-proof employment verification system like E-Verify that will enable employers to hire only those legally permitted to work and deny jobs to those here illegally. This will turn off the jobs magnet that attracts so many unskilled workers to cross the border illegally or overstay their visas.

Mitt also opposes all other magnets. As governor, he vetoed in-state tuition benefits for illegal immigrants and opposed driver’s licenses for illegal immigrants.

  • Enforce The Law

Mitt Romney believes in the rule of law and will fully enforce federal immigration law. As governor, he authorized state police to assist the federal government in immigration enforcement.

  • Oppose Amnesty

Mitt Romney opposes amnesty because he believes that it acts as a magnet encouraging illegal immigration. The last amnesty law passed in 1986 granted legal status to 2.7 million illegal immigrants. In the decades since, the illegal immigrant population has quadrupled. Mitt believes that an amnesty should not be permitted to happen again. Illegal immigrants who apply for legal status should not be given any advantage over those who are following the law and waiting their turn. Mitt absolutely opposes any policy that would allow illegal immigrants to “cut in line.

And what he said just six months ago.

From CNN:

At his second campaign stop, after making informal remarks and serving ice cream in Milford’s town square, Romney made a statement on immigration.

Throughout the primary season Romney adopted a hard-line stance on illegal immigration. He once said the undocumented should self-deport themselves back to their countries of origin and he vowed he would not sign the Dream Act, a bill designed to offer young illegal immigrants a path to citizenship.

“The question is if I were elected and Congress were to pass the Dream Act, would I veto it and the answer is yes,” Romney said in Iowa on Dec. 31, 2011.

The “self-deportation” usually occurs when there’s a crackdown  and illegals start going home because they’ll be caught.  If the borders were secure in the first damned place, “self deportation” wouldn’t be necessary, Einstein.

Since Romney is likely to be the next president, he needs to solidify his stance against illegal immigration to include a no amnesty policy for anchor babies and smuggled children of illegal alien parents.  That should be part of the “Turn Off The Magnets” portion of his policy. 

 

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