The group pointed out in its e-mail blast today that Romnney's backers also include Kris Kobach, the Kansas Secretary of State who helped write the controversial law cracking down on illegal immigrants in Arizona, and Rep. Lamar Smith of Texas, another immigration hardliner.
But to be fair, Romney's supporters also include some of the Republican party's few and most prominent backers of a pathway to citizenship: Arizona Sen. John McCain, former Florida Sen. Mel Martinez, former U.S. Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez and U.S. Reps. Ileana Ros-Lehntinen and Mario Diaz-Balart of Florida.
In conclusion, sometimes it's tricky to assign motives to a candidate based on their friends. What is clear, however, is Romney's own words and policies, which have a lot more common with the hardliners than the reformers and could thwart Hispanic outreach if he is the GOP nominee.
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