Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney came to New York City on Tuesday to commemorate the one-year anniversary of the death of Osama bin Laden — but had his event somewhat spoiled by a very loud activist who repeatedly yelled that he was a “racist.”
Appearing with former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani (R) on the street outside a firehouse, the former Massachusetts avoided mentioning President Barack Obama’s role in ordering the attack on bin Laden until he was asked about it by a reporter.
“Of course I would have ordered taking out Osama bin Laden,” Romney told reporters. “Had I been president of the United States, I would have made the same decision the president did, which is to remove him. And I acknowledged actually a year ago when this was announced that the president deserved credit for the decision that he made and I continue to believe that and certainly would have taken that action myself.”
Several minutes later, a woman on the street began to shout, “Mitt Romney, you’re a racist!”
“I’m sorry I can’t quite hear you,” the candidate complained to a reporter as the woman repeated the chant at least ten more times.
Buzzfeed’s Zeke Miller reported that the woman, who was allegedly connected to Occupy Wall Street, was calling for immigration reform.
During the Republican primary battle, Romney had courted conservative voters with anti-immigration positions. He called Arizona’s tough immigration law a “model” for the country; he promised to veto the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act; and he said that undocumented immigrants should self-deport.
But now that the former Massachusetts governor has pivoted to his general election campaign, he is considering support for a version of the DREAM Act sponsored by Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) and insisting that he only supported the uncontroversial parts of the Arizona immigration law.
“We call that Hispandering,” Latino actor Esai Morales told CBS News’ John Dickerson in a recent interview. “The problem is that, you know, with Romney, he’s says his grandparents or his father was born in Mexico. I surprised I’m not seeing him in a photo op outside of a taco stand.”
Watch this video from CNN, uploaded May 1, 2012.