January 5, 2008


Immigration isn't setback for McCain: Polls show he's rebounding after his earlier stance on volatile issue (BENNETT ROTH, 1/05/08, Houston Chronicle)

While the hot-button immigration issue had threatened to sink McCain's campaign six months ago, it still dogs him but no longer appears to be a major liability in the final days before Tuesday's first-in-the-nation primary here.

Independents and moderate Republicans who supported him in the state's 2000 primary seem to be returning to the fold, and recent polls suggest the Arizona senator has rebounded and is now tied with former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney for the lead.

A number of voters interviewed said that while they continued to disagree with McCain on immigration, they appreciated his honesty and liked his stance on other issues, particularly foreign policy.

The immigration issue also failed to hurt Mike Huckabee, who won the GOP caucuses in Iowa Thursday despite being attacked for backing college scholarships to illegal immigrants while Arkansas' governor.

The two nominees will be nearly as pro-immigration as Reagan and Bush.

Posted by Orrin Judd at January 5, 2008 7:30 AM
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