With NumbersUSA president Roy Beck slamming Mike Huckabee for his pathetic record on the illegal alien issue, maybe it’s time to start adding Huckabee to the list of candidates suffering from an illegal immigration inspired campaign implosion. He’s got plenty of company on that list, joining John McCain and Hillary Clinton.
“He was an absolute disaster on immigration as governor,” said Roy Beck, president of NumbersUSA, a group that played a major role in rallying the phone calls that helped defeat this year’s Senate immigration bill. “Every time there was any enforcement in his state, he took the side of the illegal aliens.”
The Washington Times article gives us a hint at what consensus is developing around how the different Republican candidates for president are on the illegal alien issue among the various national groups devoted to this issue. Here’s how it seems to be shaking out, and I can’t find much fault with this basic assessment:
Mitt Romney: Saying good things, although a detailed plan is lacking.
Rudy Giuliani: Frightening record, but gets the border security problem.
Fred Thompson: Terrific platform, even if his past voting record is somewhat uneven.
Mike Huckabee: “Path to citizenship” (amnesty) supporter.
John McCain: “Path to citizenship” (amnesty) supporter.
Duncan Hunter: Absolutely solid.
Ron Paul: Absolutely solid.
Tom Tancredo: Absolutely solid.
Among the top tier candidates, if illegal aliens is one of your most pressing issues, Fred Thompson seems to be the guy. For those that want to look at the entire slate of candidates, probably Duncan Hunter is well deserving of your pick.
UPDATE: And what else shows up this morning? An email from likely Senate candidate Chris Saxman, telling us why he thinks John McCain of all people is worthy of support. I think he just threw his conservative credentials under the bus. Here’s an excerpt:
McCain’s willingness to listen and learn from his mistakes is refreshing and essential if a leader is to earn our trust and unify America. After supporting the failed immigration reform bill earlier this year, he listened to our concerns on immigration and now understands a secure border is a prerequisite to any worker program or policy to address illegal immigrants already in our nation.
Saxman identifies himself as the co-chair of McCain’s campaign in Virginia in the email. Ouch.
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