Elections 2012: Romney Criticizes Obama’s Immigration Record at Campaign Rally

Mitt Romney criticized President Barack Obama’s record on illegal immigration during his standard campaign speech on Monday as he wrapped up a swing across eastern Iowa.

Mitt Romney campaigned at LeClaire Park in Davenport, Iowa on Monday June 18th. Several hundred visitors were present. Romney harshly criticized Obama on economics, healthcare, and immigration. His wife Ann Romney was also present. Photo: WEBN-TV/Flickr

At the Davenport rally, the presumptive Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney led up to the immigration attack by accusing president Obama of neglecting the economy and the deficit while going to work on Obamacare, organized labor’s effort to expand its ranks and the banking overhaul known as Dodd-Frank.

“He went after all the things that he and his liberal friends had been trying to do for years,” Romney told addresing a few hundred supporters at a Mississippi River waterfront bandshell rally.

“He was going to deal with immigration, he said, in his first year. He was going to focus on that. Did he do anything on immigration while he had a Democratic House and Senate?” Romney asked the crowd, according to Los Angeles Times.

“No,” the crowd responded. “No,” Romney continued. “This is a president who’s said one thing and done another. And I gotta tell you, we’re going to have a very different course. Because the path he’s taken us on is the path toward Europe.”

On Monday during the interview with Fox News Romney was asked to address President’s decision to stop deporting undocumented youth who have graduated from high school or served in the military.

And, as The Huff Post reports, for the second time in as many days, Romney stayed vague on whether or not he would rescind the order upon taking office.

“You know, we will see kind of what the calendar looks like at that point and I am not going to tell which items will come first, second, or third,” Romney said.

“What I can tell you is that those people who come here by virtue of their parents bringing them here, who came in illegally, that’s something I don’t want to football with as a political matter,” the former Massachusets governor said.

In the meantime, Romney, who made a campaign stop with Governor Scott Walker in Wisconsin on Monday, said Americans can “learn a lot” from the Republican who survived a Democratic recall effort two weeks ago.

“At the national level we can learn a lot from this guy,” Romney said after Walker introduced him to an overflow crowd in the parking lot of a Janesville textile mill, writes Reuters.

“If you’re responsible, and you don’t spend more money than you take in, and you’re very careful in making sure that your budget is balanced, and you have a very pro-business attitude, encouraging businesses to come in and grow, then it’s good for jobs and the American people,” Romney said.

Wisconsin hasn’t voted for a Republican for president since 1984, and President Obama won big here in 2008. But Romney senses an opportunity after Walker survived a Democratic push to oust him after he took on public sector unions, reports The Boston Globe.

“I think President Obama had just put this in his column,’’ Romney told supporters in Janesville.

“He just assumed from the very beginning that Wisconsin was going to be his. But you know what? We’re going to win Wisconsin and we’re going to get in the White House.’’

Mitt Romney’s five-day bus tour has focused on a half-dozen swing states – New Hampshire, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Iowa and Michigan – that could be critical in the November election.

Polls show Obama and Romney in a tight race for the White House, with worries about the slow economic recovery hurting Obama’s approval ratings.

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