When John McCain opened up a town hall meeting here for questions on Friday, someone immediately asked if he favored pardoning illegal immigrants.It would be a "major liability" if MSM hacks like Bennett Roth would do their job by pointing out that McCain is playing word games. Whatever he wants to call his scheme, it would have been perceived by millions of prospective illegal aliens as amnesty, with predictable results. All the other downsides of McCain's past and present plans could then be pointed out. When faced with tough questions from those who are familiar with this issue, McCain's popularity would plummet.
The GOP presidential contender, who has been harshly criticized for backing a comprehensive immigration plan that was rejected by Congress last summer, denied he supported an amnesty. He said he first would secure the country's borders, then create a temporary workers program for illegal immigrants.
With that answer the audience, comprised of employees of BAE Systems, a military contractor, quickly moved on.
While the hot-button immigration issue had threatened to sink McCain's campaign six months ago, it still dogs him but no longer appears to be a major liability in the final days before Tuesday's first-in-the-nation primary here.
Immigration2008a · Sat, 01/05/2008 - 11:46 · Importance: 1