Mitt Romney, who rarely discusses his ancestry, has repeated a striking comment in Florida in recent days to soften his rhetoric about immigration and try to win over the crucial Hispanic voting bloc. “My dad was born in Mexico,’’ Romney says at many campaign stops in Florida, expressing empathy and solidarity with immigrant families. It contrasts with his rhetoric in places such as Iowa, where he decried what he called efforts to provide “amnesty’’ to the nation’s 12 million illegal immigrants.
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