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Can Newt Be Trusted? Calls Mitt Romney ‘Anti-Immigrant’ in Spanish-Language Ad

Posted on | January 25, 2012 | 53 Comments

You may remember last week’s CNN debate in South Carolina, when Rick Santorum hit Newt Gingrich with this:

I will give Newt Gingrich his due on grandiose ideas and grandiose projects. I will not give him his due on executing those projects, which is exactly what the president of the United States is supposed to do.
Four years into his speakership, he was thrown out by the conservatives. . . . I served with him. I was there. I knew what the problems were going on in the House of Representatives when Newt Gingrich was leading there. It was an idea a minute, no discipline, no ability to be able to pull things together.

The “grandiose” Gingrich doesn’t seem to think the rules apply to him, and the things he has been saying about immigration are . . . well, nuanced.

So now Newt’s defenders will have to explain to us once more why Gingrich is a trustworthy conservative, after his campaign aired Spanish-language radio advertisements accusing Mitt Romney of being “anti-immigrant”:

Sen. Marco Rubio scolded Newt Gingrich’s presidential campaign over a Spanish-language radio ad that accuses rival Mitt Romney of being “anti-immigrant”
“This kind of language is more than just unfortunate. It’s inaccurate, inflammatory, and doesn’t belong in this campaign,” Rubio told The Miami Herald when asked about the ad.
“The truth is that neither of these two men is anti-immigrant,” Rubio said. “Both are pro-legal immigration and both have positive messages that play well in the Hispanic community.”

Michelle Malkin notes that Gingrich’s attack echoes Spanish-language ads by SEIU (!) making similar accusations against Romney, and adds:

The truth is that neither Gingrich nor Romney has a strong, consistent overall record on border security and enforcement. But at least Romney’s been traveling in the right direction…while Gingrich once again echoes left-wing language and plays the race card to get ahead.

Immigration is an issue where almost no one is tough enough to suit my inclinations. I’m somewhere off to the right of Tom Tancredo and Sheriff Joe Arpaio, waaaay out there. And you know something funny? Malkin linked a report card by the tough-on-immigration group Numbers USA ranking the current candidates for president.

Guess who scores the best grade? Just sayin’ . . .

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