Southern front II
“The crowd at South Carolina’s Republican convention cheered [May 19] when [former] Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney criticized a new immigration proposal and booed a key ally of Sen. John McCain when he defended it,” the Associated Press reports.
Many of the 1,000 Republicans attending the event in Columbia, S.C., wore stickers with “Senate amnesty bill” crossed out, and cheered when Mr. Romney said: “One simple rule: No amnesty.”
Mr. Romney said the proposed new “Z visa” for foreign workers could be renewed indefinitely. “If that’s not a form of amnesty, I don’t know what is,” he said.
Sen. Lindsey Graham, South Carolina Republican and a key McCain ally, was booed when he said he had worked with Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, Massachusetts Democrat, on the immigration legislation.
“It’s the best bill I think we can get to President Bush,” Mr. Graham said, as some in the crowd shouted “No.”
After the speech, Mr. Graham explained the boos by saying immigration is “an emotional topic.”
“People are mad,” he said.