January 21, 2008

Romney’s Political Hypocrisy and Double Talk

Washington, D.C. – The Board of Directors of the National Coalition of Latino Clergy and Religious Leaders (CONLAMIC) today called on Governor Mitt Romney to stop his double talk on the issue of immigration. “As Governor Romney campaigns in the Latino communities in Florida and the February 5th primary states, he needs to come clean with voters and stop the double talk regarding immigration,” said CONLAMIC Chairman Reverend Miguel Rivera. “He tells Latino voters about his pro-immigrant stand, yet tries to hide the fact that Congressman Tom Tancredo has endorsed his candidacy and that Tancredo’s Campaign Manager, Bay Buchanan, is now a senior advisor to the Romney campaign. Then he turns around and goes to conservative rural voters and tells them about Tancredo and Buchanan, and forgets the immigrant friendly rhetoric he uses in Latino neighborhoods. This type of double talk and ‘tell them what they want to hear’ campaign will not work this election cycle. We have witnessed his double talk and flips on the issues of abortion, gay marriage and gun control. “Governor Romney might be able to pull the wool over voters’ eyes on abortion and gay rights, but he cannot do it on so many issues of importance to most Americans. Governor Romney needs to show leadership for once and make a decision: either he immediately distances himself from the harsh rhetoric of Tom Tancredo and fire Bay Buchanan, or pulls his Spanish radio ads in the Florida market. He simply cannot have it both ways.”

The National Coalition of Latino Clergy and Christian Leaders (CONLAMIC) represent over 16,000 Churches across 34 states within the U.S. Each of these Churches represents hundreds of individuals who attend church services and related activities every week.

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