Did Romney hire illegals?

Matt K. Lewis Senior Contributor
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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.

(LAUGHTER)

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:

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