President Obama shifted the debate this week by announcing a new strategy for the deportation of illegal immigrants who were brought to the United States as children. On Meet the Press this morning, White House Senior Adviser David Plouffe defended the decision and dismissed critics who say the new strategy was purely political.
"It wasn't about politics," Plouffe said, later adding, "We are a nation of laws and a nation of immigrants. The president has often said those things don't need to be in conflict."
Senator John McCain (R-AZ) argued the new strategy effectively amounts to a power grab by the president.
"The president of the United States is now dictating that certain laws will not be enforced," he said. "That is a rather serious step."
Also of note during the interview with David Plouffe was his use of the term "congressional allies" and that he pointed out Mitt Romney's event today with House Speaker John Boehner in Ohio. As David says above, this shows an attempt by the Obama campaign to try and tie Mitt Romney to an unpopular Republican Congress in order to gain favor with Independent voters.
McCain, a champion of campaign finance reform, lamented the amount of outside money in presidential elections and called the Citizens United decision that gave birth to Super PACs the Supreme Court's "worst decision" this century.
"Uniformed, arrogant, naive," is how McCain described it. "I just wish one of them had run for county sheriff. That's why we miss people like William Rehnquist and Sandra Day O'Connor, who had some experience with congressional and other races in the political arena."
Our roundtable analyzed the biographies of both Romney and Obama and how their pasts have shaped who they are today. We were joined by the author of the new biography on President Obama, David Maraniss; presidential historian Doris Kearns Goodwin; Time Magazine's Mark Halperin; former Congressman Harold Ford; and the Wall Street Journal's Kim Strassel.
Also don't miss our Take Two web extra with David Maraniss to hear more about his revealing biography of the president.
We'll be back next week with an exclusive interview with possible Vice Presidential candidate Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL).
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