McKay Coppins reports on what's a pretty big (and inevitable) concession.
At a campaign stop here [New Hampshire] Friday, Mitt Romney criticized President Obama's new immigration policy, calling it a short-term fix — and signaling support, for the first time, for legislation that would allow some illegal immigrants to stay in the country.
"I believe the status of young people who come here through no fault of their own is an important matter to be considered and should be solved on a long-term basis so they know what their future would be in this country," Romney said.
He continued: "I think the actions that the president took today make it more difficult to reach that kind of long term solution because an executive order, of course, is a short-term matter that can be reversed by subsequent presidents."
Romney's statement is, in large part, a more conversational version of Marco Rubio's earlier today.
Both find major fault with Obama's method without explicitly disagreeing with the substance of plan.
Romney and Rubio's major problem with the method? That it's a short-term fix to a long-term solution.
Rubio, literally: "It is a short term answer to a long term problem."
Romney: "I think the actions that the president took today make it more difficult to reach that kind of long term solution because an executive order, of course, is a short-term matter."