Saturday, February 9, 2008
Although John McCain is still harassed by some on the far right for his support for comprehensive immigration reform, his emergence as the likely Republican presidential nominee and the fact that both Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton also support CIR signals the de-emphasis of immigration as a lightning-rod issue in the race.
Tim Gaynor of Reuters notes a similar trend:
PHOENIX (Reuters) - What a difference a few weeks make -- at least when it comes to the U.S. presidential campaign and the hot issue of immigration.
When the White House race began in earnest with the first party nominating contests in Iowa in January, a broad field of Republican candidates vied to demonstrate their toughness on illegal immigration, pledging more border enforcement and a crackdown on illegal workers.
But with a narrowing of the races to secure the Republican and Democratic nominations ahead of November's general election, the issue could slip lower down the agenda as far as the candidates are concerned, analysts say. Click here for the rest of the story.