Romney faces Latino group, but still vague on Obama plan

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Mitt Romney went before the National Association of Latino Elected Officials this afternoon, but still refused to take a stand on President Obama’s plan to allow some illegal immigrants who were brought here as children by their parents to stay in the country.

“Some people have asked if I will let stand the president’s executive action,” the GOP presumptive presidential nominee said.  ”The answer is that I will put in place my own long-term solution that will replace and supersede the president’s temporary measure.”

“As president, I won’t settle for stop-gap measures,” said Romney, who was greeted with polite but not overly enthusiastic response.  ”I will work with Republicans and Democrats to find a long-term solution.”

Romney did  promise to overhaul the green card system for immigrants with families and to end immigration caps for their spouses and minor children.   

Polls show Latinos (and all Americans) overwhelmingly support Obama’s decision to allow hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants to stay in the country and work.

The stakes are high for the November election.  Even a modest shift among Latino voters in battleground states like Ohio, North Carolina and Virginia, could tip the scales.

Obama will speak to the same group tomorrow at one o’clock in Lake Buena Vista, Florida.

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Romney faces Latino group, but still vague on Obama plan

Updated