Mitt Romney versus Mitt Romney: The Conversation with Himself

The first Presidential Debate was held between three men:  President Barack Obama, GOP candidate Mitt Romney and the other GOP candidate, Mitt Romney.  It can safely be said that President Obama watched the debate alongside us as Mitt Romney had a conversation with Mitt Romney.  While his views from taxation, healthcare, education, job creation covered both sides, pro and con, his views on immigration before the debate served as a great example of where he stands on the issue.

Mitt Romney standing in front of an Arizonan flag.

In a reversal of what he once believed, Mitt Romney changed his view on immigration, saying that he would for the first time keep the changes instated by the Obama Administration through the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals or DACA, that would give undocumented young people, who were brought into the US by their parents, temporary visas, good for two years. When President Obama introduced the policy in June through an Executive Order, Romney criticized the President for his unilateral move. But now, with less than a month to go before the election, the other Mitt Romney told the Denver Post: “The people who have received the special visa that the president has put in place, which is a two-year visa, should expect that the visa would continue to be valid.”

Why the shift, you may ask?  Well, it’s simple arithmetic, as former President Bill Clinton said.  You see, Obama’s Executive Order resulted in such a positive response from the Hispanic community, that, according to a survey by the Pew Research Center, likely Latino voters favor Obama over Romney by 72% to 22%, respectively.  Mitt Romney is a good businessman and he knows the numbers.  He knows that the Latino vote will be crucial in swing states such as Colorado, Nevada, Virginia and Florida.  These four states consist of almost 2,000,000 unregistered Latino voters:

Unregistered Latino Voters By State:

Nevada

181,850

Virginia

200,900

Colorado

242,750

Florida

1,348,400

The other Mitt Romney also said to the Denver Post that: “The people who have received the special visa that the president has put in place, which is a two-year visa, should expect that the visa would continue to be valid.” He further stated that: “I’m not going to take something that they’ve purchased. Before those visas have expired we will have the full immigration reform plan that I’ve proposed.”

It wasn’t that long ago, that during the Republican primaries, that another Mitt Romney called for “self-deportation,” stating that undocumented individuals should return to the country of origin and “apply for legal residence in the United States” and “ get in line with everybody else.”  He even opposed the DREAM Act, at least, at one time. In fact, he once referred to the DREAM Act as “[encouraging] a wave of illegal immigration by giving amnesty of some kind to those who have come here illegally.”

Gabriela Domenzain, the Obama campaign’s director of Latino media, released a statement stating that Romney’s “latest immigration pivot raises more questions than it answers.”  Now it’s a shame that President Obama watched the debate with us and remained silent instead of letting the American public see the real Mitt Romney, you know, the other guy.

It’s less than a month left until Election Day, and it will be so interesting to see the Mitt Romney pendulum at work.  I just hope that President Obama could talk to us so directly so that we don’t pay attention to the medicine show in the background.

Please Vote on November 6th and let your voice be heard in the voting booth!