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This is apparently the Mitt Romney video that keeps on giving.
Yesterday we posted a Mother Jones video in which Mitt Romney talked about how life would be easier if he were Latino (despite the obvious tone-deafness of such a comment coming from a wealthy white one-percenter who actively advocates policies that would make life harder for Latinos). Today MJ has posted a full transcript of that video, containing even more nuggets from that same Romney appearance.
Here’s Romney implying that there are only two types of immigrants in the US, those of PhD caliber and those who are worthless and unskilled:
Oh, I just, we didn’t talk about immigration today. Gosh, I’d love to bring in more legal immigrants that have skill and [unintelligible]. I’d like to staple a green card to every Ph.D. in the world and say, “Come to America, we want you here.” Instead, we make it hard for people who get educated here or elsewhere to make this their home. Unless, of course, you have no skill or experience, in which case you’re welcome to cross the border and stay here for the rest of your life. [Audience laughs.] It’s very strange. It’s run by people who don’t understand the words “global competition of ideas,” and our idea has to win, but only if America reigns strong. But with that introduction, I’m going to turn to you for counsel, advice, or questions. Policy questions. Wanna talk about tax policy? Or political questions? How I win? Please.
And here’s him saying that Hispanics voting will result in America’s downfall:
And if the Hispanic voting bloc becomes as committed to the Democrats as the African American voting bloc has in the past, why we’re in trouble as a party and, I think, as a nation.
“As a nation.” Romney isn’t even kidding here, as he ostensibly was in his “wish I were Latino” comment. He really thinks Hispanics voting for Democrats is bad for the country. And apparently he doesn’t even realize that there’s something he, personally, can do about this, by steering the GOP away from extremist positions like self-deportation and remaking the party into one that’s not hostile to Hispanic and immigrant interests.