Sen. Marco Rubio, the son of Cuban immigrants and a potential vice presidential nominee for Mitt Romney, is urging the Republican party to moderate its stance on immigration and support some version of the DREAM Act.
With Republicans increasingly concerned about losing Hispanic voters this November, Senator Marco Rubio of Florida on Thursday pressed his party to embrace a compromise measure allowing young illegal immigrants a pathway to legal status.
At a meeting with reporters in his Senate office, Mr. Rubio, a rising Republican star considered a leading vice-presidential prospect for Mitt Romney, sought to appeal to the conscience of his party as he laid out the broad parameters of a measure that would not go as far as the Democratic proposal to legalize young illegal immigrants, but would be significantly more permissive than anything most Republican politicians have been willing to accept.
“We have these very talented young people in America who find themselves in limbo through no fault of their own,” said Mr. Rubio, acknowledging that he has kept the Romney campaign apprised of his actions.
Here’s my favorite part:
“Mitt Romney is the leader of the Republican Party now. Our hope is to come up with something that he can be supportive of,” he said.
Oh hell, he can be supportive of anything. But he staked out a position so extreme during the primaries — far to the right of even Newt Gingrich and Rick Perry — that he’s gonna have a difficult time moving to the center now.