RNC Official Says Romney 'Still Deciding' Immigration Position

By: CNN Posted By Doug Brown
By: CNN Posted By Doug Brown

Washington (CNN) – A stumble by a Republican National Committee official over Mitt Romney's position on immigration Tuesday may be a first hiccup as the presumptive GOP nominee's campaign and the committee work to sync up operations.

"To my understanding he is still deciding what his position on immigration is," RNC National Hispanic Outreach Director Bettina Inclan told reporters Tuesday morning at what was supposed to be the unveiling of the RNC's new six-state Hispanic outreach program.

RNC press secretary Kirsten Kukowski pushed back minutes later, saying she had seen the comments misconstrued on Twitter.

"We never said that the governor is still deciding on immigration," she said.

"We are in the middle of a transition," she continued, adding that the RNC was focused primarily on outreach programs, while the candidate's campaign would be focused on policy.

Tuesday afternoon, Inclan tweeted, "I misspoke, Romney's position on immigration is clear."

Inclan said earlier that the RNC supports "Republican policies."

The reelection campaign of President Barack Obama pounced, emailing reporters a statement which also disputed that Romney's immigration is undecided but that stipulating that they believe it is wrong.

"Over the past year Mitt Romney has proven time and time again that he is the most extreme presidential candidate in modern history on immigration," the campaign's director of Hispanic press, Gabriela Domenzain, said. "His position may be inconvenient, but it has been clear. He has promised to veto the DREAM Act, thinks all undocumented immigrants should self-deport, has called the anti-immigrant AZ law a 'model' for the nation and has paraded around the country with the nation's leading anti-immigrant voices. Mitt Romney has decided to be the most extreme presidential candidate on immigration; Hispanics and all Americans have heard it loud and clear."

Inclan had criticism of Obama's immigration stance, saying his record did not match his rhetoric.

"He talks about uniting families, and all he's done is deport more immigrants than any [other] American president," she said.

But issue number one - for all voters, including Hispanics - will be "jobs and the economy," she said.

"Most Hispanics were born here in this country. To assume that the only thing we care about is immigration is almost insulting," she continued.

Last month the RNC announced 6 state-level Hispanic outreach directors in Colorado, Florida, New Mexico, Nevada, North Carolina and Virginia.


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