Mitt Romney told the conservative magazine Newsmax that the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold the Affordable Care Act is “a plus for me.”
“I think that’s one of the reasons we’ll get more energy and passion in this election, more urgency in this election to replace the president than might have occurred had the bill been struck down,” Romney said in an interview published on Friday.
He said the Thursday ruling -- which allowed the individual mandate to stand under Congress’s taxing power -- will give voters “a very clear reason for people to go to the polls.”
In a portion of the interview posted later, Romney said that he would like to see the children of illegal immigrants “have a permanent answer as to what their status will be,” which seems to be in conflict with opposition he has expressed to the DREAM Act, a bill that would allow the children of illegal immigrants who attend college or serve in the military to gain citizenship.
A spokesman for his campaign, Ryan Williams, said the governor misspoke and was only referring to those who serve in the military or obtain an advanced degree.
“The Governor was referring to his long held position that young illegal immigrants brought here as children who serve in the military should be able to obtain legal permanent residence and that we should staple a green card to the diploma of every eligible student visa holder who graduates from one of our universities with an advanced degree in math, science, or engineering,” Williams said. “He simply misspoke in this interview.”