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Rubio Wants GOP to Soften Immigration Stance

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.

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  1. slc1 says

    The only thing that Romney believes in is his right to be elected president of the United States next November. Other then that, he’s open to just about anything.

  2. matty1 says

    Oh hell, he can be supportive of anything.

    The real question is if anyone would want his support? Keeping it must be like trying to stand still on an escalator.

  3. michaelgaribaldi says

    I always love this, when minorities who pretend they have a place of dignity within the republican party SUDDENLY discover that they live in a nest of snakes.

  4. eric says

    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

    Oh baloney. Rubio seeks one of two things: (1) to give the GOP a thin veneer of a reason to do exactly what they plan on doing in the general, which is shift to the middle. Or, (2) he seeks the VPcy by signaling that he’s willing to play ‘good cop,’ letting Romney stay in the tougher, less wishy-washy, ‘bad cop’ role.

    Or, maybe he’s doing both…but I’m pretty that he didn’t coincidentally grow a conscience 14 days after Santorum left the primary race.

  5. slc1 says

    Of course, Joe Farah, the birther, and the Whacknutdaily will have conniptions if Rubio is chosen as neither of his parents were US citizens when he was born.

  6. Stevarious says

    “We have these very talented young people in America who find themselves in limbo through no fault of their own,”

    Can he possibly not know that this is precisely what most Republicans want?

    Of course, Joe Farah, the birther, and the Whacknutdaily will have conniptions if Rubio is chosen as neither of his parents were US citizens when he was born.

    Don’t be silly, he’s a Republican. He’s one of the tribe. You know very well those rules only apply to Others.

  7. says

    Obviously no one has informed Rubio that under the giant Republican tent* there are many tables. It’s just that the one for minorities is at the very back. Behind the bar; behind the potted plants; in that darkened corner.
    And the price of sitting there is to be a good, loyal, self-loathing minority. Like Alan Keyes, Allen West and Clarence Thomas.

    * The Republican’s fabulous closet is almost as big as the tent, but not as well lighted.

  8. keithb says

    I recently heard that the Romney campaign recently “demoted” the architect of the Arizona law (Dave somebody?) from an “advisor” to the campaign to a “supporter”.

    That rattle you hear is the shaking of the Etch-a-Sketch.

  9. DaveL says

    An amusing quote from Rep. Steve King:

    Democrats “see people in this country illegally as undocumented Democrats,” Mr. King said Thursday. “Do Republicans engage in that?”

    Why yes, Mr. King, yes they do. In fact I’d say that Republicans are more apt to see illegal immigrants as undocumented Democrats than member of the Democratic party are.

  10. says

    michaelgaribaldi “I always love this, when minorities who pretend they have a place of dignity within the republican party SUDDENLY discover that they live in a nest of snakes.”
    “It’s my nature.”

    Stevarious “Don’t be silly, he’s a Republican. He’s one of the tribe. You know very well those rules only apply to Others.”
    Farah’s way way gone. It’s okay to turn the guns to the center now. Reagan’s 11th Commandment no longer applies, not when Purity must be enforced. They’ve started eating their own. Etc.
    They let the Birchers (et al) back in and this is why we can’t have nice things!

    fifthdentist “Obviously no one has informed Rubio that under the giant Republican tent* there are many tables. It’s just that the one for minorities is at the very back. Behind the bar; behind the potted plants; in that darkened corner.”
    But it has its own entrance!

  11. eric says

    Obviously no one has informed Rubio that under the giant Republican tent* there are many tables.

    The country table AND the western table?

  12. anandine says

    Is Rubio — GASP! — an anchor baby?

    he’s gonna have a difficult time moving to the center now

    No, he’s not. He’ll just shift seamlessly and lie when his shift is pointed out. Low-information voters (eg Fox news viewers) won’t notice.

  13. d cwilson says

    @fifthdentist:

    And the price of sitting there is to be a good, loyal, self-loathing minority. Like Alan Keyes, Allen West and Clarence Thomas.

    That’s only half the price. The other half is having to clean all the other tables. Especially when someone has spilled a big pitcher of racist rhetoric.

    @Stevarious:

    “Don’t be silly, he’s a Republican. He’s one of the tribe. You know very well those rules only apply to Others.”

    Farah has already gone on record declaring Rubio ineligible under his demented “Both parents must be citizens at the time of birth” theory. It’ll be hard for him to backtrack it now.

    @eric:

    (2) he seeks the VPcy by signaling that he’s willing to play ‘good cop,’ letting Romney stay in the tougher, less wishy-washy, ‘bad cop’ role.

    That’s a reversal of the traditional role. Normally, the VP candidate plays the bad cop, or pit bull, as Simple Sarah described it. But since we’re talking about Mittens, we can probably bet he’ll have played both “good cop” and “bad cop” before November.

  14. Stevarious says

    No, he’s not. He’ll just shift seamlessly and lie when his shift is pointed out.

    Reporter: “Mr. Romney, there’s been talk that in the four months since you won the primary, your entire campaign has shifted it’s priorities in order to appeal to a wider base of voters. For instance, you claimed in last night’s debate that a limited form of basic health care should, in fact, be available to all American citizens, which seems to contradict your earlier position.”

    Romney: “My position now is the position it’s always been. My objection to Obamacare was never an objection to basic health care for all true Americans, and my record shows this. My objection was always that his plan would cover illegal immigrants as well, which is contrary to the values of the American people. The American People are like a family, and like a family, we look out for our own.”

    Reporter: Hmmm… I COULD call him on his obvious lie. But if I make an enemy of him now and he becomes president, I’ll never have access again. *Nods thoughtfully and changes the subject.* “What about abortion rights? Last year you said you opposed abortion.”

    Romney: “I have always opposed abortion – as a birth control option. But sometimes, in the case of rape or incest, or in the cases of severe health problems in the mother, some procedures are unfortunately necessary. The laws have to reflect that sometimes, out of compassion or necessity, parents and doctors can have very very difficult decisions to make. The government has no business getting in between the doctor and the patient in those circumstances. The laws that lawmakers have been trying to pass in recent months interfere with that relationship, and I oppose that.”

    Reporter: *grits teeth* Access… access… access… “So, what about climate change? Is your position the same on that issue as well?”

    Romney: “I’ve always said that it’s a question for the scientists, not the politicians. If the science says that climate change is occurring, then it’s obviously an issue that my administration shall address.”

    Reporter: *Throws microphone, nails Romney in the eye.*

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