Romney Toned Down Immigration Rhetoric At Urging Of John McCain
Senator McCain was concerned that Romney’s rhetoric would turn off the Hispanic vote, especially when he said he would pressure illegal immigrants to self-deport.
Howard Kurtz: “When Mitt Romney declared, during a Republican primary debate in Tampa, that he would pressure illegal immigrants to ‘self-deport’ back to their home countries, John McCain was downright disturbed. Worried that his former rival was grievously wounding himself with Hispanic voters, the Arizona senator staged an intervention. He and fellow senator Lindsey Graham placed a joint call to Romney in January, urging him to tone down his rhetoric. Romney listened politely, sources say, and did not use the phrase again.”