Morning after: Bachmann, Romney hit Perry on illegal immigrationby George Bennett | September 23rd, 2011
ORLANDO — The first two Republican presidential candidates to address the Conservative Political Action Conference here this morning — Michele Bachmann and Mitt Romney — got applause when they criticized frontrunner Rick Perry’s stance on illegal immigration.
Texas Gov. Perry was pounded by his rivals in a nationally televised debate Thursday night for not supporting a fence along the entire U.S.-Mexico border and for backing in-school college tuition benefits for the children of illegal immigrants in Texas.
“I will build a fence along our southern border against illegal immigration. And we will not have taxpayer subsidized benefits for illegal immigrants or their children,” Bachmann told the crowd of more than 2,000 conservative activists.
Romney took issue with Perry’s contention that opponents of the Texas tuition program “don’t have a heart.”
Said Romney: “I think if you’re opposed to illegal immigration, it doesn’t mean that you don’t have a heart. It means that you have a heart and a brain.”