Romney disses Kobach (sorry, Kris)
The Kansas City Star
Poor Kris Kobach. It appears presidential candidate Mitt Romney didn’t want to be associated with the Kansas secretary of state on Wednesday.
And why would Romney want to talk about Kobach - at least when the GOP presidential candidate was trying to woo Hispanic voters?
Being tied to Kobach wouldn’t help Romney with that audience, and he knew it, thanks to Kobach’s ultraconservative views on immigration issues and his influence on anti-Hispanic measures such as the new law in Arizona.
As CNN reported, Univision America Radio host Helen Aguirre-Ferre asked Romney if Kobach was an adviser on immigration policy for his campaign.
“Romney said he has not met with Kobach, whom the campaign has described as an ‘informal adviser.’
“‘As to the other individual that you mentioned, he may well be part of a policy team,” Romney said. “I have not met with him yet. And don’t know whether he is or he is not. So, sorry I can’t confirm that for you.’”
Alas, the Romney campaign later had to come out and say, yeah, actually Romney has met with Kobach.
But, the campaign claims, Kobach is just an informal adviser, not someone the candidate actually listens to in policy meetings.
Then again, the Romney campaign had “clarified” Kobach’s role earlier this year as an adviser, not just a supporter.
Gosh, whom to believe?
As a side note, CNN printed Romney’s gushing praise for Kobach after the Kansan endorsed him for president earlier in 2012:
“Kris has been a true leader on securing our borders and stopping the flow of illegal immigration into this country. We need more conservative leaders like Kris willing to stand up for the rule of law.”
Hmm, sounds like Romney does have a pretty good idea of who Kobach is and how much he’s a hardliner on U.S. immigration policy.