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Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, left, with Univision's Jorge Ramos in a "Meet the Candidate" forum in Miami, January 25, 2012

In the day since it was uttered, news reports have alternately called a Republican National Committee staffer's remark to reporters yesterday about Mitt Romney "still deciding what his position on immigration is,” a flub, a gaffe, a snag, and a disaster.

The latter may be an overstatement, but it still wasn't pretty. Bettina Inclán, who earlier this year became the RNC's Hispanic Outreach Director, told reporters at a Washington, D.C. press event when asked a question about Romney and immigration that "I think, as a candidate, to my understanding, that he’s still deciding what his position on immigration is."

An RNC spokeswoman quickly stepped in to correct her, and Inclán later tweeted that she "misspoke," saying GOP presidential candidate Romney's position is clear.

Inclán's gaffe, seized upon by reporters and by the Obama administration, was read by some as a slip revealing Romney's back-and-forth on immigration as he's tried to appeal to both immigration hardliners and Latino voters. But voices on both sides have argued that his position has been clear enough, whether one likes it or not.

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