The race is on, and in a dead heat, as I described in my column
this week. The focus for Mitt Romney is not only on shoring up support
among conservatives who supported his rivals during the primary season,
but on his pivot to a general-election electorate. Romney faces the
greatest challenge appealing to female voters and Latinos, as polls
currently show him far behind President Obama with both groups.
During the primary campaign, Romney used the issue of immigration to draw contrasts between himself and Texas Gov. Rick Perry, as well as with former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (Ga.). Romney not only pledged to veto the DREAM Act, but said Arizona's new, controversial immigration law was a "model" for the nation. He also characterized Perry's support of in-state tuition for children of illegal immigrants as "a magnet."
White House officials are telling those same activists that Rubio can't get Republicans on board, that the legislation doesn't go far enough and would slow the path to real reform. The immigrant community is frustrated by the Democrats' foot-dragging however, and their discussions with Rubio are reason enough for Team Obama to worry, before a bill is even written.
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