Bill Kristol was on Fox News Sunday this morning as part of the panel and when host Chris Wallace brought up Newt Gingrich’s much publicized comments on immigration from last Tuesday’s debate. And I was surprised to hear him regurgitate the same false statement that Mitt Romney held the same view as Gingrich four years ago.
I’m sure he’s referring to the 14 seconds of selectively edited video of Romney talking with Russert on Meet the Press in 2007 that Gingrich and many of the conservative media reported about last week. Surprised that Kristol, who usually does his homework on all topics, doesn’t know Romney’s true stance on immigration.
Here is the excerpt from Fox News Sunday
WALLACE: Let me ask you about that, Bill, because Gingrich’s opponents are clearly treating this as a major blunder. Mitt Romney said that this idea of giving legal status to long-time, law-abiding immigrants, illegal immigrants is amnesty and it is a magnet that encourages more people to come across the border. And Michele Bachmann, who’s got everything riding in Iowa, said that this shows that Gingrich is the most liberal Republican candidate when it comes to that issue. They clearly think it is a weakness.
BILL KRISTOL, WEEKLY STANDARD: Yes, Mitt Romney does — I believe he had the exact same position four years ago, so he can explain why Newt Gingrich is now wrong to take a position that he himself took four years ago.
Newt Gingrich knew what he was doing. I was at the debate Tuesday night. He said I am going to get attacked for this. He went out of his way, I would almost say, to propose this, I think showing, because he doesn’t want to run as a presidential nominee of a party that looks ridiculous, honestly, on the immigration issue.
Is the Republican — is Michele Bachmann’s and Mitt Romney’s position — let’s put aside Michele Bachmann, she’s trying to stay alive in Iowa — is Mitt Romney’s position really that we are going to send back 11 or 12 million people who are in this country illegally, including the one million or two million or however many there might be who have been here for 20, 25 years, whose kids are citizens, et cetera? I don’t really believe Mitt Romney believes that. I don’t believe Romney believes that for a minute. And I think Gingrich is willing to run the risk–