From Mr Roger Algase.

Sir, If the “real” Mitt Romney is the reasonable presidential candidate described in your editorial “Mitt Romney’s critical week” (February 21), why is he embracing extreme rightwing positions? What is rational or pragmatic about his attacks on the Obama administration’s bail-out of General Motors, for example?

Not even Mr Romney can dispute the fact that this successful instance of co-operation between the government and the private sector has kept hundreds of thousands of well-paying jobs in America that would otherwise have gone to a lower-wage country such as China.

On one important “social” issue, immigration, Mr Romney also stands at the far right. While one or two of his opponents have dared to suggest that the US should “have a heart” towards at least a few of the estimated 11m immigrants who are in the US without permission,Mr Romney wants to expel everyone who is not willing to “self deport”.

Mr Romney has also accepted the endorsement of Kris Kobach, the Kansas secretary of state, who has helped write harsh anti-immigrant state laws that are causing fear and economic disruption in places such as Alabama and Arizona.

Mr Kobach also supports restrictive state voter ID laws, which may discourage many minority US citizens from going to the polls. Mr Romney’s biggest problem is his lack of the character and courage to stand up against both the economic fundamentalists and the “social issue” extremists in his party.

Roger Algase, New York, NY, US

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