White House Senior Advisor David Plouffe on Sunday cast a scheduled appearance in Ohio by Mitt Romney with Speaker John Boehner as the GOP presidential candidate’s embrace of the congressional Republican economic agenda.
“It’s fitting he’s with John Boehner today, because Gov. Romney’s going to rubber-stamp the congressional Republican agenda, which is basically [to] give huge tax cuts to the wealthy. They believe the economy works best from the top down; that’s failed,” said Plouffe during an appearance on FOX News Sunday.
Romney is set to appear with Boehner in Troy, Ohio, early Sunday evening in what will be their first public appearance since Romney became the GOP’s presumptive presidential nominee. Congressional public approval ratings are inching up from all-time lows several months ago, but still remain in the ditch.
Plouffe also was pressed during the show on the topics of national security leaks and immigration. He again denied any notion that the White House would purposely release classified security information, calling that “offensive.” He said the president’s national security team will cooperate with the investigation that has been announced. “Let’s let that proceed,” he said.
He would not say if the president himself will agree to be interviewed.
Also during the show, Plouffe discussed the administration’s decision to cease the deportation of hundreds of thousands of young undocumented immigrants as “not a permanent fix” and that the only way for that to happen if for Congress to pass a law to do that -- “something that, unfortunately, Gov. Romney said he would veto.”
The White House announced Friday that the Department of Homeland Security will no longer be deporting immigrants who were brought to the U.S. when they were young by their parents and who have received a high school diploma or served in the military.
The move was widely celebrated by Latino activists, who have expressed frustration with Obama's inactivity on immigration reform. But Republican critics of Obama's move say it was an inapropriately unilateral use of power and amounts to little more than a political move during a year where Obama faces tough reelection prospects and must shore up the Latino vote before November.
Asked if this was a move that could help Obama with Hispanic voters in November, Plouffe responded that it is another example of why the president should be the “clear choice” for everybody.
In a separate appearance on CNN's State of the Union, Plouffe pushed back against the GOP's claims that Obama's policy shift on deportations was a political ploy timed for a tough reelection year.
"This is not a political move. This builds on a lot of steps that we've already taken," he said, adding that the decision was made by the Homeland Security Department.
"This is so that they [DHS] have the discretion in enforcement so that we focus on criminals and those that cause or could endanger our communities, and that's where the focus of the immigration enforcement efforts need to be," Plouffe said.
He also echoed Obama's campaign theme of frustration against a do-nothing Congress in asserting that "if Congress would act, we'd be happy to sign the DREAM Act tomorrow," referencing the proposed bill that would do essentially the same thing as the new White House policy. Plouffe made sure to jab Romney on the issue as well.
"If you are looking for progress, on immigration and on the DREAM Act, you're not going to find it with Governor Romney," he said. Romney has said he's in line with Florida GOP Sen. Marco Rubio's thinking on the issue. Rubio had been working on coalescing bipartisan support behind his own version of the DREAM Act, a proposal similar to Obama's policy shift.