Need for Long-Term solutions
Mitt Romney was highly critical of President Barack Obama’s decision to stop deporting some illegal immigrants who were brought to the United States as children as an election-year political move, but he repeatedly declined in an interview Sunday to lay out an alternative plan.
“With regards to these kids who were brought in by their parents through no fault of their own, there needs to be a long-term solution so they know what their status is,” Mr. Romney said on CBS’s “Face the Nation.”
Mr. Romney’s struggle to offer a clear alternative on the immigration issue was a fresh reminder of one of the challenges he faces, which is to go beyond his steady criticism of the president with a more detailed description of the policies he would implement to replace what Mr. Obama has done.
Obama Has Not Succeeded
“I’m optimistic about the future, Ohio,” he said. “… I’m convinced that the American people are going to be surprised about how great this economy can be.
“… If we take advantage of a different course from the one that’s been pursued by this president, if we turn away from the path of Europe with big government and big taxes and government health care, America is going to see a very different dream for the future.”
He reminded the Father’s Day crowd of Mr. Obama’s comment earlier this month that the private sector is doing fine.
“He’s trying to convince us he’s made things better,” Mr. Romney said. “… You know what? Twenty-three million people who are out of work or stopped looking for work may have something to say about that. People who’ve seen their incomes go down may have something to say about that. … This president has not succeeded. He deserves to go home.”