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Romney beginning to sing a different tune on immigration

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Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney reached out to Latino voters Thursday -- but has only received a lukewarm response.

Romney gave a speech in Florida trying to distance himself from his tough stand on illegal immigration.

Remember the Republican debate in Mesa a few months ago? Mitt Romney said he supported SB 1070, and "it's a model for the nation." He also said illegal immigrants should self-deport.

And if the Dream Act were passed and landed on his desk, he would veto it. However, he was trying to send out a very different message today.

Mitt Romney spoke Thursday to the National Association of Latino Elected Officials in Florida.

He talked about President Obama's order a week ago, which some call "Dream Act Lite."

"Some people have asked if I will let stand the president's executive order. The answer is I will put in place my own long-term solution that will replace the president's temporary measure," said Romney.

But Romney didn't say what that long-term solution is -- only that he'd give a green card to immigrants with advanced degrees like Ph.D's -- and a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants who serve in the military.

Now what does the Obama campaign think about Mitt Romney's new approach when it comes to immigration?

We came to Obama's headquarters in west Phoenix. They do not think it is going to work.

"I don't know. It is a whole different person than in the primary, a whole different song and dance, and now he is speaking to Hispanic voters?" said Phoenix City Council member Michael Nowakowski.

Young Democrats going door to door in Maryvale found a lot of people prefer the president's approach on immigration.

"Well I think he is finally starting to do something about it, giving people a chance," said one Maryvale resident.

But Republicans are confident, Latino voters will find the economy a more important issue that immigration come election day.

President Obama speaks Friday to the Latino group in Florida. Both parties consider Latino voters crucial this year.

Their voting power is growing and Latinos could provide the margin of victory in a number of swing states.

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