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Jeb Bush: Romney and GOP have 'work to do' on illegal immigration stance
The Guardian ^ | Monday 11 June 2012 | Chris McGreal

Posted on 06/11/2012 2:46:15 PM PDT by MinorityRepublican

Jeb Bush, the former Florida governor and brother of the ex-president, has warned Mitt Romney that he has boxed himself in politically with rhetoric over illegal immigration and said Republicans need a change of tone on the issue if they are to win over Latino voters.

Bush said that immigration was among issues that have seen Republicans become so partisan that even Ronald Reagan would face trouble winning the party's presidential nomination today because he co-operated with Democrats.

The former governor, who has been touted as a possible running mate for Romney but who says he does not want the job, told a meeting with Bloomberg journalists that Romney needs to break away from talking about immigration solely in the context of undocumented aliens and tightening borders.

"Don't just talk about Hispanics and say immediately we must have controlled borders," he said. "It's kind of insulting when you think about it. Change the tone would be the first thing. Second, on immigration, I think we need to have a broader approach."

Florida is a key battleground in November's presidential election. Obama won two-thirds of the Hispanic vote there 2008.

Bush said Romney had understandably zeroed in on illegal immigration during the Republican primaries, talking about tightening border controls and other measures in order to connect with voters who accuse undocumented aliens of taking jobs and burdening the health and education systems. But the former governor said that in doing so, Romney had alienated other voters.

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KEYWORDS: aliens; bush4illegals; bush4openborders; openborders; rino4rino; rinosagendae; romney4illegals; romney4openborders; romneycare4illegals
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To: Conservative Vermont Vet
The GOPe continue to make the Republican party the ONLY JOKE
that can possibly LOSE to Obama.

Conservative:" Vermont VetYou hope!!!
Got Kool Aid???"

It is the GOP which has drunk the Kool Aide.
ANY other GOP conservative Candidate would be FAR ahead.
But Romney IS Obama from RomneyCARE/ObamaCARE to TARP
to TAXES to ineligibility.

Romney has made EVERY winning issue MOOT.

THAT is why this is “close” instead of CERTAIN WIN.

41 posted on 06/12/2012 3:28:09 AM PDT by Diogenesis ("Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. " Pres. Ronald Reagan)
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To: littleharbour

Guardian? Yawn.

42 posted on 06/13/2012 8:33:46 AM PDT by mindburglar (I'm not "The Man" anymore. Stick it to someone else.)
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