Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign has still not come up with a clear response to either President Obama’s executive order halting the deportation of DREAM Act eligible youth or the Supreme Court’s decision to strike down much of Arizona’s controversial SB 1070 immigration law, but it was prepared with an immediate statement on Obama’s joke about the Boston Red Sox.
Romney — who took widespread criticism for failing to come up with specific response to Obama’s executive order — has doubled down on his refusal to say anything that could upset either Latino voters or the Republican party’s nativist fringe, by essentially ducking Monday’s Supreme Court ruling on SB 1070. Romney refused to answer media questions on the subject, although he eventually told donors that “I would have preferred to see the Supreme Court give more latitude to the states not less.”
Romney’s advisers have had a hard time explaining their candidate’s position on the subject. Case in point: senior adviser Carlos Gutierrez spent a full four minutes dogding questions about Romney’s stance on SB 1070 during an appearance on CNN’s “Starting Point” Tuesday morning:
Think Progress has a partial transcript of their exchange:
SOLEDAD O’BRIEN (HOST): Does Mitt Romney support SB 1070, yes or no?
GUTIERREZ: Soledad, it’s a little bit more complicated –
O’BRIEN: It’s not.
GUTIERREZ: But what the governor has said and made a statement yesterday, he supports the right of border states to do what they have to do according to the law –
O’BRIEN: Does that include — does that include stopping and detaining anyone and check the immigration status of that person, if they have reasonable suspicion if the person is in the country illegally? […] GUTIERREZ: This is not about Governor Romney –
O’BRIEN: It is if he wants to be president…I want to know what his position is.
GUTIERREZ: His position is that we have a mess and need a national policy.