Its surprising how much you can accomplish if you don't care who gets the credit
ROCK HILL, South Carolina — Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) 93% Voting Record, offered a brutal critique of his fellow presidential candidate, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) 80% Voting Record, for Rubio’s support of amnesty for illegal aliens.
In 2013, “Rubio teamed up with the Hillary Clinton wing [of the Democratic Party] on immigration, teamed up with Chuck Schumer on immigration,” Paul told Breitbart News in an exclusive interview here on Friday night over pizza and beer at Millstone Pizza and Taphouse.
“I think it’s been a little bit forgotten in some of the debate, but yeah—he was a part of the ‘Gang of Eight.’ At some point in time, he probably needs to be made to own it. He does own it. It is his baby, but he seems to have disowned his baby right now.”
Rubio has not been asked in any of the presidential debates about the only legislative accomplishment he’s had as a U.S. Senator — passing the ‘Gang of Eight’ amnesty bill through the U.S. Senate.
Paul thinks Rubio should be asked about that accomplishment during the upcoming debate in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
“I think it should,” Paul said when asked about the immigration bill, along with the pending Pacific region free-trade bill. “There will be less people and the answers will be longer—90 seconds—so I’m hoping you do get more contrast between the candidates and that we have more of a chance to get involved. We’re very hopeful that this debate will—I’m sure everyone else says that too—be more helpful to our cause.”
The ‘Gang of Eight’ amnesty bill was championed by Rubio, along with Sens. Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Dick Durbin (D-IL), Bob Menendez (D-NJ), Sen. Michael Bennet (D-CO) 8% VotingRecord, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ Voting Record 41%, Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ), 41% Voting Record, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) 43% Voting Record. Debate on that issue can only help conservatives like Paul, and hurt candidates like Rubio and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush.
The GOP-led House did not act on the unpopular bill.
Of the 15 remaining 2016 GOP presidential candidates, four served in the U.S. Senate when Rubio pushed the amnesty bill through the chamber: Rubio, Graham, Paul and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) 97% Voting Record.
Both Paul and Cruz voted against the Rubio-Graham amnesty bill.
Graham hasn’t had an opportunity to back Rubio up in debates, because Graham was relegated to the undercard stage in the first three debates. Graham will not appear even on the undercard stage on Tuesday night, due to the lack of any serious support for his presidential campaign.
Schumer praised Rubio for his work on the gang’s amnesty bill, in a recent interview with CNN.
“He was not only totally committed — he was in that room with us, four Democrats, four Republicans—some very conservative like Marco, some very liberal,“ said Schumer, the likely next Democratic Senate leader once current Senate Minority Leader Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) 2% Voting Record, retires after the 2016 election.
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Rubio..... has just become a history lesson. Goodbye MARCO, you're never gonna be my president!
He is the choice after Bush...and the GOP(e) will not give up. The caucus and primary vote structure is intended to get Bush or Rubio as the nominee. WE don't want either but the establishment does.
I agree totally. That little weasel lies through his teeth and I am so tired of hearing about his father being a bartender in a banquet hall. What the hell does that prove? My mother and father worked in dirty factories while trying to put food on our table but I don't go around boasting about what was expected of American citizens during the "tough" years. Actually he reminds me of a used car salesman giving us the smoke and mirrors routine. His biases run deep and he joined the gang of eight with his eyes wide open. Hope Trump eats him up and chases him from the stage.
Marco Rubio shopped his pretty face around for months, getting it in front of every TV camera he could, telling America that we absolutely had to vote for this amnesty bill so that we would never have to do it again. Then, after he voted for a bill that guaranteed that we WOULD have to do it again, there he was, out in front of the cameras, this time disavowing any connection to the bill.
That may pass for integrity among the political class, but in fly over country, it's just another sucky opportunist politician. His stance on illegal immigration PALES beside this obvious indication of a man with absolutely no core values except self. The sooner conservatives recognize who this guy is, the better.
More from Rubio...green cards, wanted to work with democrats in a democrat controlled senate to have 'the most conservative bill possible'. I have an idea, NO BILL...but since the Gang of 8 did produce a bill we know where Rubio and McFlake stand.