Who’s going to come out on top in the back and forth over immigration between Romney and Gingrich?
Today after Senator Thune endorsed Governor Romney, Romney took a couple of shots at Newt Gingrich’s position.
?I just think we make a mistake as a Republican Party to try to describe which people who?ve come here illegally should be given amnesty to be able to jump ahead of the line of the people who have been waiting in line,? Romney told reporters here. ?My view is that those people who have waited in line patiently to come to this country legally should be ahead in line, and those who?ve come here illegally should not be given a special deal or a special accelerated right to become a permanent resident or citizen.?
Asked whether he considered Gingrich?s immigration position to be ?amnesty,? Romney said he did.
Through this primary, Romney has always been on the side of winning these back and forths with opposing candidates, but I see him losing this one. It is a poor fight for him to choose because it will only highlight one more position change he’s had in recent years, and it’s even farther than Gingrich’s position. Gingrich never said he wanted to give anyone “citizenship,” as Romney does in the video below:
Here was the back and forth during the debate:
I don’t ask for perfection or even that I agree with someone all of the time. What I want is a straight talking candidate capable of advocating for conservative principles.