Romney, Bachmann Talk Immigration in Arizona

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Voters in the early primary states wanted to know where the candidates stand on immigration as presidential hopefuls Mitt Romney and Michelle Bachmann spent Tuesday campaigning in Arizona.

Romney invested a full day campaigning in the Grand Canyon state. He spoke with business leaders in Tucson.

Then the former Massachusetts governor took questions from residents of a retirement community near Phoenix. The top two issues on the senior citizens' minds -- health care and social security.

"What's wrong with Obama care? His bill is about 100 percent of the people. He wants to take over health care for everybody. That's wrong," Romney said.

Immigration is an important topic for voters in the state that borders Mexico. Residents wanted to know if the candidates will support Arizona's controversial immigration law.

"Well, I support the Arizona law by recognizing what Arizona has done -- underscored the failure of the federal government to do its job," Romney told the audience.

"It has been the responsibility of the federal government to protect our borders. And the federal government has failed. If I'm lucky enough to be president of the United States, I won't fail," he said.

Bachmann Meets 'Sheriff Joe'

While in Phoenix, Rep. Michelle Bachmann, R-Minn., met with Sheriff Joe. He's known around the country for his tough stance on crime and illegal immigration.

"Sheriff Joe is the nation's sheriff and one of my heros," she said.

Bachmann's solutions for immigration issues include building a fence along the border and eliminating what she calls "magnets."

"Tuition tax credits for illegal aliens to other inducements that are involved as well," the Minnesota congresswoman said.

It was a direct jab at Republican front-runner Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who defended his state's program in the last GOP debate in Tampa, Fla., Monday night.

Meanwhile, Democrats are evaluating the 2012 campaign after a "special election" wake-up call from New York City voters Tuesday.

They lost a House seat that has gone to Democrats for almost a century.

"I really think it was a referendum against President Obama's policies," said Richard Krinsberg, a Queens, N.Y., resident.

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