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June 13, 2013 - 10:42 am

Talk show host Andrea Tantaros had a very pointed and uncomfortable question for Sen. Marco Rubio today. She interviewed the Florida Republican about his support for the Gang of Eight’s “comprehensive” immigration reform bill, which puts legalization for millions of illegal aliens ahead of the border security that a majority of American voters want.

“People are saying, Senator, that [the immigration bill] is just like ObamaCare, just like McCain-Feingold. It will be an albatross around your neck and Democrats are pleading with Obama to stay on the sidelines,” Tantaros said. “What would you say to conservatives? What if I said, ‘Senator Rubio, we need you. You are our best hope. You are an unscathed Republican senator. We have to win back the White House. Isn’t the future of the Republican Party, isn’t the success of Marco Rubio, more important than immigration reform?’ Would you walk away?”

Rubio deflected, saying “It’s not the success of Marco Rubio, it’s the success of the United States of America,” adding that he didn’t come to Washington to “aggrandize myself.”

“Senator, we need you,” Tantaros fired back. ” Senator you know how I admire you, I am behind you, my father was an immigrant. But I’m telling you what conservatives are saying. I worry about your future, Senator, because, really, you are the future of the Republican Party. And I have to say, this party needs an undamaged Marco Rubio. What do you say to that concern?”

Rubio answered that he’s “trying to fix something that’s very bad for America.” He then resorted to a straw man argument, that “if nothing happens, we are left with de facto amnesty. We are left with 11 million people that are never going to be deported, aren’t paying taxes, are living among us now, we’re left with no border security, no e-Verify, no entry-exit tracking system, and a broken legal immigration system that doesn’t help us and in fact is hurting us. So standing by and saying let’s not do anything is simply not an option.”

The trouble with that formulation is that hardly anyone is saying that nothing at all should be done. The majority of Americans want border security before legalization, both for the sake of national security and so that any future waves of illegal immigration are headed off before they begin. Rubio and his fellow gang members are adamant that the majority of Americans will not get security first. As it is presently written, the bill creates steps to legalization immediately, in exchange for a promise of security down the road.  If the 1986 amnesty is any guide, the majority will never get border security no matter how loudly we demand it. Security was promised in the 1986 amnesty, and never delivered.

Tantaros asked Rubio if there is any point at which he would walk away from the gang’s effort.

“Oh, yeah,” Rubio answered. “Number one, I think if the border situation is not improved in this bill, this bill won’t pass. It won’t pass the Senate and it has no chance in the House,” he said. “But beyond that, if this bill has something in it that gives gay couples immigration rights and so forth, it kills the bill,” he said.  Rubio added that there are “a number of things that can’t happen in order for this thing to even have a chance of being successful, or to have my support.” He said that the bill needs a “specific border security plan.”

Earlier today the Senate shot down just such a plan, which was offered as an amendment by Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA). Rubio voted against adding that plan to the immigration bill.

The Andrea Tantaros Show is produced by the Fox and Rice Experience for Talk Radio Network.

Bryan Preston has been a leading conservative blogger and opinionator since founding his first blog in 2001. Bryan is a military veteran, worked for NASA, was a founding blogger and producer at Hot Air, was producer of the Laura Ingraham Show and, most recently before joining PJM, was Communications Director of the Republican Party of Texas.

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If someone came here from another planet, having learned English from decades old radio broadcasts, they would think we had been at war with Mexico and Mexico won. Not won as big as we did against the Japaneses where there was an unconditional surrender, but pretty close to it, and we ere now negotiating the almost unconditional surrender terms. How could we have been defeated by the Mexican army? We were not. Rubio and the Gang bang Eight sabotaged all our weapons and poisoned our water supply.
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I'd really like to support Marco Rubio: He's an articulate, committed conservative with an outstanding personal story. But his immigration bill is based on lies.

It does not secure the border. (The Grassly Amendment that would have required the border to be secure for 6 months before any other provision of the Comprehensive Immigration Act went into effect was soundly defeated, with the entire Gang of 8, including Senator Rubio, voting "no.")

The ads for the bill say it requires immigrants to learn English. It does not. It only requires them to enroll in an English language class. (Would enrolling in a Nuclear Physics course make me a nuclear physicist? I didn't think so.)

Hispanic voters are 65-70% Democratic voters. Senator Rubio's bill would sooner or later lead to millions more Hispanic voters. It should be re-named the Comprehensive Republican Party Suicide Act.
44 weeks ago
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His brand is already damaged. We see him for what he is, now.

And it was a strawman argument. No one is saying to do nothing. Just do the Right thing, which is the right thing. One piece at a time. Forget a "comprehensive" bill. Do it in little bites. Big bills have all kinds of junk in them.
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The Fox News watching crowd will forgive Rubio, no matter how mad they are at the moment. That is the problem. Too many in the GOP are easily able to overcome principle and simply declare the next man standing is the man of the hour.
43 weeks ago
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Rubio already has lost my vote, permanently.

I will never vote for any candidate -- GOP or Dem -- who supports any species of Amnesty for law breaking immigrants.

(That's not just 2016 or 2014, it's lifetime.)
43 weeks ago
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Rubio lost me when he took that sip of water. Yes, he was thirsty
from giving a speech to Univision but surely he and his handlers
knew that it wasn't cool to take that sip. Either he or his handlers
or both are fools.

He says border security first then tells Hispanics its legalization first
then tries to explain the difference on TV and falls flat. Then he
votes legalization first saying that the former illegal will pay for
border security.

Smart as a fox? Dumb as a post? Neither. He's a fool.
43 weeks ago
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Nobody is saying "Do nothing", we're saying that we want the current laws enforced. How hard is that to understand?
44 weeks ago
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Rubio realizes that if he suceeds in this American birthrights" SELL OFF to the LOWEST bidders, that he will be in prime position to become President of the United States of America by fate accompli. All of the grossly underestimated millions upon millions of NEW American voters who IDOLIZE the man that handed them AMERICA without a whimper from the conquered, will be willing to give their LIVES for him. That's why he's disdainful of political backlash. OK..... Who DOESN'T believe that? I would be open to a more likely scenario! That fit's the evidence, that is!.
44 weeks ago
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This is turning out to be a masterful strategic stroke of genius from McConnell. Just think about it....He and Boehner are forced to endure the ridiculous zeal of the constitutionalists in both the House and Senate, after 2010. Boehner, pads the coffers of those who agree with him and fires those who don't from committee positions. But McConnell, he is more sophisticated. When approached by Schumer about a "bi-partisan" amnesty bill and how to move it ahead, McConnell realizes he can kill two birds with one stone, and like Obama, have no fingerprints on the scene. So he gives Schumer Rubio's name and convinces Rubio this is his legacy. Rubio, wanting to endear himself, throws all his weight into the effort, albeit ill-fated, and becomes so closely aligned with it that we can't tell where the legislation begins and he ends....even after they have completely "transformed" the original legislation. So Rubio is toast, Amnesty moves on, and McConnell has knocked out one of the 4 thorns in his side, the others being Cruz, Lee, and Paul. Genius, eh?
44 weeks ago
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He was PLAYED. Now he's posturing in preparation for the ditching.
44 weeks ago
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Ive taken to referring to him as Rube-o.
44 weeks ago
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Rubio is done. Stick a fork in him.
44 weeks ago
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The last thing the Republicans need is another hack who says one thing to one group, "border security first", and then says the exact opposite to another, "legalization first then border security".

He's not just sitting on the fence but in another Washington DC miracle he's now squarely on both sides of it.
44 weeks ago
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Rubio is just showing us who he really is a RINO another McIdiot maverick.
44 weeks ago
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No, the real problem is that he's NOT a rino. This is what Republicans are like now.

We need to let the GOP die. Stop giving them money, stop voting for them. Start the hard work of building a party that actually represents us and let these scumbags go ahead and formally put D's next to their names.
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