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Veepstakes: Martinez criticizes Romney on immigration

MARTINEZ: The New Mexico governor was critical of her party and Romney’s immigration strategy: “‘Self-deport?’ What the heck does that mean?” Martinez told The Daily Beast. “I have no doubt Hispanics have been alienated during this campaign. But now there’s an opportunity for Gov. Romney to have a sincere conversation about what we can do and why.”

Here’s her strategy: “First, Republicans should remind Latinos that Obama pledged to pass comprehensive immigration reform by the end of his initial year in office, but ‘didn’t even have the courage to try.’ Next, the GOP should outflank the president--on the left--by proposing its own comprehensive plan. ‘I absolutely advocate for comprehensive immigration reform,” Martinez says…. ‘Republicans want to be tough and say, ‘Illegals, you’re gone.’ But the answer is a lot more complex than that.’ Martinez envisions an approach ‘with multiple levels’: increased border security; deportation for criminals; a guest-worker program for people who want ‘to go freely back and forth across the border to work’; a DREAM Act-style pathway to citizenship, through the military or college, for children brought here illegally by their parents; and a visa (coupled with a ‘penalty’ or a ‘tagback’) that allows rest of the illegal population to remain in the U.S. while they follow standard naturalization procedures.”

PORTMAN: “Ohio Senator Rob Portman downplayed the political impact of job cuts linked to Mitt Romney’s former private-equity firm and a $2 billion trading loss at JPMorgan Chase & Co., calling them examples of ‘capitalism’ that shouldn’t affect the election or financial regulation,” Bloomberg writes. Portman said, “You know, that is capitalism. There are not different kinds of capitalism; there’s the free market, and he can show where his efforts, net, created 100,000-plus jobs -- that’s pretty good.” Of J.P. Morgan, he said, “That’s capitalism. They made a mistake.”

On being veep, he said: "I think I'm better suited to stay where I am in the Senate. The folks in Ohio expect me to stick around and do my job."