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Statehouse Live: Obama alludes to Kobach in debate with Romney

October 17, 2012


— President Barack Obama didn't mention Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach by name in last night's presidential debate, but Obama alluded to Kobach, and not in a positive way.

During a back-and-forth with Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney over the issue of immigration, Obama said Romney supported the Arizona law that includes the "show me your papers" requirement that police check suspects' immigration status.

Romney said he agreed with the part of the Arizona law that requires employers verify through a federal database whether someone is authorized to work in the United States.

"I did not say that the Arizona law was a model for the nation in that aspect. I said that the E-Verify portion of the Arizona law, which is -- which is the portion of the law which says that employers could be able to determine whether someone is here illegally or not illegally, that that was a model for the nation," Romney said.

Obama responded that Romney's top advisor on immigration issues designed the Arizona law. That is Kobach, a Republican who has worked with state and local governments across the country to draw up stringent anti-illegal immigration measures.

"Governor Romney says he wasn't referring to Arizona as a model for the nation. His top adviser on immigration is the guy who designed the Arizona law, the entirety of it; not E-Verify, the whole thing. That's his policy. And it's a bad policy. And it won't help us grow," Obama said.

In January, during the Republican Party primaries, Romney praised Kobach after he endorsed the former Massachusetts governor.

"I'm so proud to earn Kris's support. Kris has been a true leader on securing our borders and stopping the flow of illegal immigration into this country. We need more conservative leaders like Kris willing to stand up for the rule of law," Romney said.

In September, however, after winning the GOP nomination, Romney said in an interview with Univision America Radio, that he had never met Kobach and his campaign described Kobach as an "informal adviser." Later, the Romney campaign said Romney and Kobach had met but not in formal policy meetings.


ksjayhawk74 5 years, 7 months ago

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deec 5 years, 7 months ago

Give him a minute. He's busy on the other threads right now.

deec 5 years, 7 months ago

Of course all but one segment of the law was ruled unconstitutional by the Supreme Court, and the segment that wasn't yet overruled was only kept in because it hadn't yet been implemented and no actionable violations had occurred yet.

jhawkinsf 5 years, 7 months ago

How is pointing out that Obama lied "ethically challenged" but you pointing out Romney lied is not ethically challenged? Or are you suggesting that all conservatives are ethically challenged, making you a fool?

David Albertson 5 years, 7 months ago

What is Romney hiding in his tax returns? What tax deductions would he eliminate to pay for his $5 trillion tax rate reduction? If the congress passed an assault weapons ban, would he sign it like he did in Massachusetts? Is he pro choice like when he ran for governor or pro life like he was in the primary debates. This man has been on both sides of so many issues, how can anybody know what to expect if he does win? I'll bet you $10,000 that his tax plan will allow him to bring his foreign bank accounts in to the US tax free.

Scott Tichenor 5 years, 7 months ago

Romney will or so anything that he thinks will sway voters to elect him. He's simply obsesses with being president, not saving this country. And here's the deal that most Republicans know--once he's in office (if elected) he won't be doing their bidding.

Scott Tichenor 5 years, 7 months ago

Actually, Romney is secretly so liberal he might make a decent president.

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