Skip to comments.Marco Rubio's Big Problem: Explaining His Immigration Shift
Posted on 06/21/2013 5:28:44 PM PDT by Theoria
Sen. Marco Rubio has a problem. He has transformed from conservative hero to suspect in the eyes of many on the political right because he now supports "a path to citizenship" for people unlawfully in the U.S. after forcefully opposing it in 2010 when he was running for U.S. Senate.
The senator from Florida, who's considered to be a potential Republican presidential candidate, has tried to gloss over the shift. Unfortunately, he's getting called on it. By Factcheck.org. And by many conservatives, like those who booed his name when it was mentioned at a Tea Party rally this week on Capitol Hill. Or Ann Coulter, who said Friday the Senate shouldn't take up immigration until it becomes a Rubio-free body. Former Republican Rep. Allen West is even saying he might give Rubio a primary challenge over his immigration shift.
If Rubio does decide to make the run for president, he will certainly be attacked not only as a flip-flopper but for supporting a policy that's anathema to many conservatives. So, what's a senator to do?
Rubio has a few options, though they all have risks. Here are some possible approaches:
The people made me do it: Rubio could always say he decided to change his position to more accurately reflect the desires of his Florida constituency.
A Quinnipiac University poll released this week indicated that 58 percent of those surveyed agreed with the "path to citizenship" approach while 12 percent said people in the U.S. unlawfully should be allowed to stay, but not given citizenship. Only 24 percent were of the deport or self-deport persuasion.
Even among Florida Republicans, nearly half, 47 percent, supported a citizenship path with 15 percent being willing to let those here unlawfully stay but without allowing them to become citizens.
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He has no “problem”. He’s set for life.
Nah, he was always for amnesty. He is just a better snake oil salesman than others.
Rubio’s next campaign is DOA!! TRAITOR!!
Suspect? Hardly. Convicted from his own mouth and his evil deeds. He is finished for good.
He’s a liar.
Says one thing in English the opposite in spanish. He’s a liar.
Invite the world, invade the world.
WHY the RUSH???
Just a few felony crimes that will be waived for ILLEGAL aliens under Immigration Bill S.744:
Falsely representing or knowingly using a Social Security Number obtained with false information
Falsely claiming citizenship on Form I-9
Knowingly altering a Social Security Card
Document fraud to prove eligibility for employment
Comment at site may say it all: Isnt Barack Obama subject to charges for all of these offenses? Maybe thats why the immigration bill is getting the ultra-fast track treatment; maybe evidence of his ineligibility is mounting toward levels which can no longer be ignored.
Taqiyya, with a side of beans.
Wow, I didn’t know it would waive those felonies. Always shake my head when I hear that illegal aliens aren’t criminals. Those who fill out I-9 forms sure as hell are.
Heck no! His next campaign, he'll have a D after his name, along with a built-in story of how he was a victim of Republican prejudice against Latinos. ("I didn't leave the GOP... sniff, sob.... they left me!")
I’m actually glad he’s screwed up his plans to run for the presidency. I really didn’t want to deal with the “he’s not eligible” stuff that will be thrown at him by the media. (Yes, it will be the media.)
I doubt he is finished. Come a election day, you would be surprised at how many people vote for the lesser of two evils nonsense.
I think Rubio’s only chance is to say, “I was wrong. I got sidetracked by the attention and forgot what I believe. I’ve got my head on straight again. Don’t support any bill by the Gang of Seven. I’m not running for the presidency, period.
I don’t need any explanation from Marco Rubio. He’s a liar and a traitor for what he has done to our country.