June 27th, 2012
02:36 PM ET

Romney hoping to win without getting specific on immigration

Mitt Romney continues to hammer President Obama over his immigration policy and the lack of progress for Hispanics over the past three years, but is strangely silent on his own plans and ideas.

Romney has yet to lay out a specific immigration policy beyond saying he supports electronic verification of employees and more visas for high-skilled workers. Can he win the election without getting specific on immigration? John Avlon, senior columnist for The Daily Beast and member of the OutFront Political Strike Team, is here to answer.

Here's how the rest of the team answered:

Strike Team Poll

Some sample responses:

Alexander Burns, POLITICO-

"Yes, he can. One of the most important challenges for Romney right now is figuring out how to handle the immigration issue and win a second look from Latino voters. There’s certainly a risk in saying too little on immigration. But that’s much the same approach Romney’s using across the board: focus almost single-mindedly on the economy and disappointment with President Obama, and trust that those issues will trump everything else."

Andy Serwer, Fortune Magazine Managing Editor-

"Absolutey. This is only one decision point for the electorate, and not the most important one. It's still the economy, stupid."

Candy Crowley, State of the Union anchor-

"Yes. Even if you think Mitt Romney is making a mistake, campaigns are like planes. It usually takes more than one thing to bring them down. "

LZ Granderson, CNN contributor and ESPN columnist-

"Yes. Romney could still win the election provided his answers to immigration questions during the three debates are consistent and compassionate. Romney is not likely to woo Latinos with this tap dance, but he's after Independents, who want to know he's not as crazy as the extremists in his base."

David Gergen, CNN senior political analyst-

"Are you kidding? Yes, of course."

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soundoff (One Response)
  1. tunji

    the reasons why romney cannot anwering the questions about the imimgration or to even be more specific about the issues he knows him self where he stands better romney he is just straight up anti imingrants candidate he doesn't have non credibility among latinos community not only among latinos alone even amongs others minorities folks he is losen grounds amongs also because minorities folks knows better romney he is for those riches imingrants folks if you are poor or you are living this country illegals you better to god. with all your strength against the most radical candidate extremist

    June 27, 2012 at 4:02 pm | Reply

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