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Midday Update: Romney Talks Immigration on Univision

by Newsteam Staff
September 20, 2012

Photo of the Day: GOP nominee Mitt Romney at Univision in Miami, Florida September 19, 2012. (Jim Young/Courtesy Reuters)


GOP nominee Mitt Romney attempted to increase his support among Latino voters last night at a forum sponsored by Univision by softening his tone on immigration (BuzzFeed).”

“The immigration system, I think we all agree, is broken and it’s been a political football for years and years…and it needs to be fixed,” Romney said (CNN). “When I’m president, I will actually do what I promise, I will put in place an immigration reform system that resolves this issue.”

This CFR Issue Tracker looks at both candidates’ stances on immigration.

A new television ad (JTA) paid for by a conservative group is up in swing states criticizing President Obama’s relations with the Muslim Brotherhood days ahead of the first White House visit by Egypt’s recently elected President Mohamed Morsi.

The ad also questions continued U.S. aid (WashingtonExaminer) to Egypt in light of last week’s attacks on the embassy in Cairo last week.

Romney senior foreign policy adviser Rich Williamson told Foreign Policy the attacks on two U.S. diplomatic posts last week were directly related to “the loss of American leadership and prestige” throughout the Middle East because of the Obama administration’s policies.

This CFR Issue Tracker looks at both candidates’ stances on democracy promotion in the Arab world.

In Politico, Brookings’ Michael O’Hanlon looks at how Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama stack up against each other on the question of U.S. military spending and broader defense strategy?

Read what the candidates are proposing for defense policy in this CFR Issue tracker.

–Contributing Editor Kirsti Itameri

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