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Re: Rudy and Immigration
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James, I agree with your conclusion that it will likely work. Indeed we have some evidence already from the immigration reform fight earlier in the year. The GOP voters were enraged at McCain for his support and authorship of the immigration bill and didn’t much care for his contention that Romney was being an opportunist and had flip flopped on the issue. Romney by being vocal and opposing the immigration reform bill got on the right side of the issue and convinced voters he was an amnesty opponent. Unlike all of us, unless the problem of flip flopping is pervasive and verging on a parody, most voters care much more about what a candidate is presently saying. Whether he had timed it this way all along or whether he rolled out the immigration committment to blunt Romney’s attack, it is smart of Rudy to put out a get tough plan. The fact that the ad on his plan is going up in South Carolina and he is talking up his plan in Iowa suggests his campaign thinks they can sell immigration as a law and order issue. At some point Romney will put out his own plan and voters will get to compare whose proposal is more credible.

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