The Republican National Committee’s Director of Hispanic Outreach Bettina Inclan said she “misspoke” Tuesday afternoon when she said she was unaware of likely Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney’s immigration position.
“To my understanding, he’s still deciding what his position on immigration is,” Inclan said at a press briefing in Washington D.C. “So I can’t just talk about what his proposals are going to be, because I don’t know.”
According to Politico, upon learning about Inclan’s gaffe, RNC spokesperson Kirsten Kukowski interrupted the briefing a few minutes later and said that Romney does have a position on immigration, but that the RNC wasn’t prepared to discuss it at the moment.
Immediately after the briefing, Inclan went to her Twitter account and wrote, “I misspoke, Romney’s position on immigration is clear” before sending a link to the Romney website on his current position on immigration.
Those current positions on immigration from Romney strongly appeals to far right conservatives, which include advocating for self deportation in January, vowing to veto the DREAM Act, and having the lead sponsor of Arizona’s controversial immigration law Russell Pearce describe Romney’s immigration policy as “identical” to his.
This isn’t the first time the RNC may have unintentionally caused potential headaches for the former Massachusetts governor. Last month, RNC spokesperson Alexandra Franceschi said in a radio interview that Romney’s economic policies would “update” the ones set by George W. Bush.
Inclan’s comments may also potentially add to the widely perceived notion that Romney is a serial flip-flopper on the issues who wants to Etch A Sketch his positions from the primary for the general election.
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