"Romney Seems To Back Off ‘Self-Deportation’ Rhetoric"
MIAMI, Florida — The day after being hammered on his immigration policy in last night’s CNN debate, GOP front-runner Mitt Romney seemed to back off a key piece of his proposal, or at least the rhetoric he uses to describe it. Romney has called for making life so difficult on undocumented immigrants that they “self-deport,” but speaking at the Hispanic Leadership Network conference here today, Romney backed off that language. After summarizing his immigration proposal, Romney said:
ROMNEY: I call that — or other people call that ‘self deportation.’
It was the only time he uttered the words “self-deportation” in his speech today. Romney’s softening may have to do with the fact that Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL), who supports Romney, disapproved of the “self-deportation” rhetoric. “It was frankly a bad choice of words,” Diaz-Balart told Yahoo! News’ Liz Goodwin.