The polls show that President Obama has a huge lead over Mitt Romney among Latino voters, likely due to Mitt having taken an extreme right wing position on immigration. So the Republican National Committee has a Hispanic Outreach Director, who isn’t off to a very good start:
RNC Hispanic Outreach Director Bettina Inclán fumbled when asked to defend likely GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney’s views on immigration, which were hit by some Republicans and observers during the primary as being too extreme and a liability in the general election.
“I think as a candidate, to my understanding, he’s still deciding what his position on immigration is,” Inclán said. “So I can’t talk about what his proposal is going to be because I don’t know.”
The corrections came quickly.
A few minutes after Inclán’s statement, RNC spokeswoman Kristen Kukowski interrupted the briefing to explain that Romney does indeed have a position on immigration, but the RNC just wasn’t prepared to talk about it. She added that Romney has only been the presumptive nominee for a few weeks, and the RNC and campaign haven’t completed the transition process.
After the briefing ended, Inclán tweeted that she “misspoke,” and pointed to a link to Romney’s Web site where the campaign outlines his position on immigration.
For a campaign that is already grappling with criticism that Romney tends to flip-flop on the important issues, the RNC comments were not particularly helpful.
And then she showed why it’s going to be so difficult for them to make a coherent case to Latino voters:
Inclán tried to turn the tables on Obama by arguing that he has deported more immigrants than any president in American history.
Does that mean a Romney administration would deport less?
“I’m talking about the president’s record and what he’s done,” Inclán responded. “I can’t dictate what’s going to happen in the future.”
That talking point also would appear to be in direct contradiction to Romney’s positions.
“President Obama has utterly failed to secure the border,” Romney’s campaign website reads. “And instead of taking a strong stand on illegal immigration, he has ordered immigration officials to enforce immigration laws ‘selectively,’ leading to the dismissal of many deportation cases.”
You see, Obama has failed to secure the border. The proof of that is that he’s deported more than any other president. And Romney would close the border by deporting fewer people. Or something.