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McCain Reaffirms Support for Immigration Reform

McCain seems committed tonight to standing by his support for comprehensive immigration reform and using that position as evidence of his willingness to lead and reach across the partisan aisle.


"I intend to lead; I don't intend to follow," McCain said during the debate when asked about immigration reform. (Getty Images)

"What the American people expect us to do is to sit down and work this issue out," McCain said -- adding that Congress is close to agreement on the issue. "We have to have a comprehensive solution and it has to be bipartisan," he added.

McCain also rejected the idea that he had been walking away from his past support from a comprehensive bill, for fear that it would hurt him in a Republican primary where the majority of voters are opposed to any sort of guest worker provision.

"I intend to lead; I don't intend to follow," McCain said. "I don't intend to block things."

By Chris Cillizza  |  May 15, 2007; 10:10 PM ET
Categories:  Eye on 2008  
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Posted by: 5bnh3saibl | May 27, 2007 11:35 AM | Report abuse

NMAIF, I agree. Eliminate the demand and the supply will dry up. But that's only the first half of the solution. The second half is to recognize that, at 4.5 percent unemployment, our economy and our country needs immigration. It's time to increase the number of legal immigrants allowed into the country.

Posted by: Scott in PacNW | May 16, 2007 1:32 AM | Report abuse

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Posted by: anonymous | May 15, 2007 11:29 PM | Report abuse

I don't think either party is willing to do what a
border patrol agent I know says must be done--
seriously fine and jail the managers on up of
companies like Walmart that hire the illegals in
the first place. Give a couple of CEO's 5-year
jail sentences for hiring illegals and the jobs will disappear. If there is no more honey, there will be no more flies (or bees, or bears, whatever).

Posted by: NMAIF | May 15, 2007 11:03 PM | Report abuse

I don't expect the WaPo to notice this, but McCain may have lied about the FortDixSix; AFAIK there's no evidence the three IllegalAliens came here on visas that had expired as he said.

And, of course, he also lied when he said that he doesn't support amnesty. The key question there is not how the dictionary defines that word, but how millions and millions of people around the world will perceive what McCain (and the WaPo) want.

Posted by: LonewackoDotCom | May 15, 2007 11:01 PM | Report abuse

"McCain also rejected the idea that he had been walking away from his past support from a comprehensive bill, for fear that it would hurt him in a Republican primary where the majority of voters are opposed to any sort of guest worker provision."

McCain is spreading it on thick tonite. Immigration reform is the third rail of R politics. Bush and the D's are far more similar in their approaches to immigration than McCain and the D's would be.

Posted by: Judge C. Crater | May 15, 2007 10:43 PM | Report abuse

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