27 Days Until the Iowa Caucuses
Mitt Romney was asked Friday about the illegal immigrants who have maintained his pink colonial home in Belmont, Mass.
The Republican presidential hopeful responded carefully at first, according to ABC's Matt Stuart.
"What I see," said Romney, "is that we have a country where there is not an employment verification system that allows contractors and allows companies to know who's in this country legally and illegally."
But when CNN's Dana Bash followed up, asking if he should have gone "the extra mile" to ensure that everyone working at his home was in the United States legally, Romney turned the questioning on the reporter.
"And what's the extra mile?" asked Romney. "Tell me: how you would do that in this country."
"So for instance," he continued, "let's say I go to a restaurant, should I make sure the waiters there are all legal? How would I do that?"
Romney learned from the Boston Globe a year ago that the landscaping firm he has used for many years was relying heavily on illegal immigrants.
He did not, however, terminate his relationship with the firm until earlier this week when the Boston Globe revealed that "Community Lawn Service with a Heart" was still relying on illegal immigrants to tend the lawn and tennis court at what Rudy Giuliani calls Romney's "sanctuary mansion."
Romney will get a chance to discuss those Hispanic-Americans who, in his words, "love God, love their families and value freedom" on Sunday at 7:00 pm when Univision holds a GOP debate in Florida.
Tom Tancredo, the outspoken illegal immigration foe, is the lone Republican skipping the debate, which will be broadcast in Spanish, because he does not want to "endorse the further Balkanization of American political life."
On the Democratic side, you may have heard that Barack Obama will be joined by Oprah Winfrey on the campaign trail this weekend. The O's are making stops in Iowa on Saturday and in South Carolina and New Hampshire on Sunday. You can watch a live stream of the Obama-Oprah events on ABCNews.com.
On the Sunday show front, Joe Biden and Newt Gingrich do "This Week," Mike Huckabee and John McCain do "Fox News Sunday," and Rudy Giuliani does "Meet the Press."
Saturday December 8, 2007
On the Campaign Trail. . .
--8:00 am ET: Attends meet and greet, Columbia, SC
--11:00 am ET: Attends meet and greet hosted by U.S. Congressman Bob Inglis and state Senator David Thomas, Greenville, SC
--5:00 pm ET: Attends fundraising reception, Ashville, NC
--5:45 pm ET: Hosts media availability, Ashville, NC
--7:00 pm ET: Attends U.S. Congressman Charles Taylor's Sixteenth annual holiday dinner, Ashville, NC
--5:30 pm ET: Attends dinner fundraiser, Naples, FL (closed press)
--9:00 am ET: Attends town hall meeting, Nashua, NH
--10:20 am ET: Holds media availability, Nashua, NH
--Holds media availability, Miami, FL
--Holds finance event, Miami, FL
As for the Democrats. . .
--4:30 pm ET: Attends rally with wife Michelle and special guest Oprah Winfrey, Des Moines, IA
--8:15 pm ET: Attends rally with wife Michelle and special guest Oprah Winfrey, Cedar Rapids, IA
-- 12:15 pm ET: Attends campaign event, Winterset, IA
--4:45 pm ET: Attends campaign event, Williamsburg, IA
--8:30 pm ET: Attends campaign event, Washington, IA
-- 11:00 am ET: Attends Concord town hall meeting, Concord, NH