June 23, 2012

BECAUSE THE RACE COULD ONLY BE MORE LIKE '92 IF ROSS PEROT JUMPED IN:

Mitt Romney's Playbook on Immigration, Everything: Pivot to the Economy (Chris Good, 6/22/12, ABC News)

Just when you think identity politics is back, Mitt Romney does his best to squash it.

Now that the Obama administration says it will no longer deport young illegal immigrants, pundits have wondered whether Romney's criticism of the move - and the ambiguity over whether or not he would actually reverse the policy, if elected - will hurt him among Latino voters. The former governor and his campaign have an answer: the economy. [...]


Romney's maneuver is basic: Criticized for policies unpopular with a particular demographic group, he has pointed to unemployment rates in that group, diverting attention back to the campaign's top issue and suggesting that, regardless of immigration policy, Obama's presidency has harmed Latinos.

If this move sounds familiar, it should. Romney and his campaign employed the same strategy this spring, when Republicans faced criticism for policies that affect another group - women.

Posted by at June 23, 2012 7:09 AM
  

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