Quote of the Day: Romney Is 'Still Deciding' His Position on Immigration

While arguing that Republicans will be better for Hispanics, a GOP official says, "I can't talk about something if I don't know what the position is."

romneyhispanic.banner.reuters.jpg
Mitt Romney speaks to the Hispanic Leadership Network in Miami in January. / Reuters

Updated, 1:57 p.m.

What did candidates do before the days of surrogates? Sleep a lot more soundly, I'd bet. To see why, read this quote from RNC National Hispanic Outreach Coordinator Bettina Inclan. It was delivered, incredibly, during a meeting with reporters in which Republicans were laying out their plan to cut into Democrats' advantage among Hispanics:

I think, as a candidate, to my understanding, that he's still deciding what his position on immigration is, so I can't talk about what his proposal is going to be because I don't know what Romney exactly. He's talked about different issues. What we saw in the Republican primary is that there's a very diverse opinion on how to deal with immigration, so, I can't talk about something if I don't know what the position is.

It's not the wisest thing to say when your presidential standardbearer is widely accused of being a flip-flopper willing to take whatever position is most politically advantageous. Unsurprisingly, Inclan quickly walked it back:

Of course, if the GOP's top officials on Hispanic issues don't know Romney's stand, it's tough to imagine the average Latino voter will.

President Obama had his own surrogate slip-up this week when Vice President Joe Biden seemed to open the door to gay marriage and Education Secretary Arne Duncan openly backed it, forcing the White House to insist Obama hasn't changed his position on same-sex unions (recently, at least -- as a candidate for state senate in 1996, he was clear that he backed them, but apparently changed his mind sometime since then).

Via Chris Moody, here's audio of the exchange:

Presented by

David A. Graham is a senior associate editor at The Atlantic, where he oversees the Politics Channel. He previously reported for Newsweek, The Wall Street Journal, and The National.

Before Tinder, a Tree

Looking for your soulmate? Write a letter to the "Bridegroom's Oak" in Germany.

Join the Discussion

After you comment, click Post. If you’re not already logged in you will be asked to log in or register.

blog comments powered by Disqus

Video

Before Tinder, a Tree

Looking for your soulmate? Write a letter to the "Bridegroom's Oak" in Germany.

Video

The Health Benefits of Going Outside

People spend too much time indoors. One solution: ecotherapy.

Video

Where High Tech Meets the 1950s

Why did Green Bank, West Virginia, ban wireless signals? For science.

Video

Yes, Quidditch Is Real

How J.K. Rowling's magical sport spread from Hogwarts to college campuses

Video

Would You Live in a Treehouse?

A treehouse can be an ideal office space, vacation rental, and way of reconnecting with your youth.

More in Politics

Just In