One surprise last night came when Texas Governor Rick Perry challenged Mitt Romney on illegal immigration.
It went like this:
PERRY: … And Mitt, you lose all of your standing, from my perspective, because you hired illegals in your home and you knew about it for a year. And the idea that you stand here before us and talk about that you’re strong on immigration is on its face the height of hypocrisy.
COOPER: Governor Romney?
ROMNEY: Rick, I don’t think I’ve ever hired an illegal in my life. And so I’m afraid — I’m looking forward to finding your facts on that, because that just doesn’t —
PERRY: Well, I’ll tell you what the facts are.
ROMNEY: Rick, again — Rick, I’m speaking.
This, of course, led to a back-and-forth between the two regarding the debate “rules.” Nevertheless, the question remains — did Romney hire illegals?
It’s a nuanced question — are we responsible for subcontractors?
At some point, is the person paying the bill responsible for vetting contractors — or firing them if they break the law?
Lastly, should someone who hired illegals (even accidentally) try to turn illegal immigration into a campaign issue?
Here’s a CNN clip from when the story broke: