June 9, 2012

OPENING TO OPEN BORDERS:

Romney camp aims to win over Hispanics (Matt Viser, June 9, 2012, Boston Globe)

With a bit of irony, the campaign is also reaching out to a group that combines two constituencies that Romney has fared poorly with in the past: Hispanic evangelicals.

The Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, president of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, said he has been in touch with Romney's campaign as recently as this week. He thinks the campaign is making significant progress - and has done more outreach than Senator John McCain had at this point four years ago - but still has a way to go.

"I can't deny the fact that he's going to inevitably have to cross the proverbial Jordan of immigration,'' Rodriguez said. "If he wants to step into the Promised Land, he's going to have to address immigration reform.''

Romney is preparing a speech on June 21 before a group of Latino officials in Orlando, an address that some of his Hispanic advisers are pointing to as a potential major turning point. Romney will address that group, the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials, one day before President Obama does, so it will provide a stark contrast between the two candidates on dealing with the nation's persistent immigration problems. [...]

A reform proposal by Rubio, a potential vice presidential pick, could provide a way for Romney to recast his position on immigration.

That's the beauty, that an Evangelical can't be a nativist, so this is literally a come to Jesus moment for him and completely natural.


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