Allen West ‘dejected’, but Krauthammer says good strategy over Romney punting on immigration issue

Well this is interesting. Allen West said this morning that he was “dejected” that Romney punted on the immigration issue this weekend:

THE HILL – Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.) said Monday he was “dejected” by presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney’s performance during an interview Friday in which he was asked repeatedly about President Obama’s recently announced policy shift on illegal immigration.

Romney dodged questions about whether he would repeal an administration policy that halts deportation proceedings on some young illegal immigrants. He said instead he would advocate for a long-term, legislative solution to the issue.

But West objected to what he perceived as equivocating, pleading with Romney to take a stand on the issue.

“I guess I feel a little bit dejected because I think that it goes back to what my mother taught me, ‘a man must stand for something, or else he’ll fall for anything,’ ” West said on the Laura Ingraham radio show.

But Kruathammer argues that it’s not a presidential issue and that Romney was right to punt it to the future to avoid walking into Obama’s “clever trap” (via Townhall):

I think Krauthammer has a point because I do believe, as I stated last week, that Obama is trying to change the subject and make the debate about something other than the economy and for Romney to start talking about immigration now is play Obama’s game. Instead Romney needs to keep hammering home the issues that Obama doesn’t want to talk about like the economy, unemployment, and jobs.

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