On Arizona Immigration, a Supreme Court Rules, and a Candidate Hides

Romney's silence on the specifics of the controversial immigration law is remarkable for the presidential nominee of the GOP, a party that has long made immigration policy a source of pride even if a few factions within it believe reform should be pursued in different ways.

Such differences can be important. Romney used perceived moderation on immigration against both Texas Gov. Rick Perry and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich during the drawn-out Republican primary. Perry and Gingrich said the children of illegal immigrants should have some pathway to stay in the United States.

Opposing such a pathway might have helped Romney win the Republican primary. But it won't help him with Latino voters in November.

And that has probably contributed to Romney's silence on the Arizona immigration law. Why talk about a divisive issue when Romney and independent voters are focused on the economy?

The most illustrative moment of the campaign's squirming on the matter of the immigration law Monday was when Gorka spoke to the reporters, but nearly a dozen times refused to tell them what Romney believes.

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At one point, Gorka even told them that they aren't traveling on the press planes so they can have access to Romney, but rather so they can arrive at campaign events in a timely way.

"We charter planes to make it easier for you guys to travel and cover the campaign," he said. "It's not for -- this isn't the Supreme Court plane. This is the Romney campaign plane that we've brought together to make it easier for you guys."

He added: "This is an easier way for you guys to travel and cover the candidate. In style, I might add."

With the obvious opportunity presenting itself, Democrats catapulted into rapid-response mode, blasting out news reports of Romney's abstinence.

Jennifer Korn, a Romney supporter who heads the Hispanic Leadership Network, defended the candidate's silence on his position and characterized Democrats' goading as a "trap" designed to force Romney to fumble on a politically toxic issue.

ABC News' Emily Friedman contributed reporting.

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