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Marco Rubio’s Charm Offensive
National Review Online, by Robert Costa

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Posted By:johngalt1, 1/30/2013 4:47:52 PM

It’s 4:20 p.m. on a dreary Monday and Marco Rubio is pacing beside his desk, a black handset pressed to his ear. He’s on the phone with conservative talk-radio host Michael Medved. A few minutes earlier, he was on an online radio program. After he finishes with Medved, he’ll call Newsmax, a conservative news website. On Tuesday, he’ll dial Rush Limbaugh. Between calls, Rubio monitors Twitter on his laptop and phone and keeps an eye on C-SPAN, which is broadcasting Senate floor speeches. He occasionally sips from a bottle of mineral water. “Who’s next?” Rubio asks, turning toward his press

Rubio is a serious young man. He has vision, intelligence and courage. His role in this go-round of immigration reform negotiations will indicate whether he has first-rate political skills and is savvy enough to finally secure our borders and productively integrate eleven million Hispanic people into our schools and workforce without disadvantaging existing citizens or people already in our immigration pipeline.


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Stlouislaxbros dad, 1/30/2013 5:09:51 PM     (No. 9149207)

At least Senator Rubio stands for something. He is willing to say what he believes.

I have heard too many conservatives and Republicans lately say they are giving up.

I can never do that. I have a family.. a wife and kids.. and I love my country.

And I want it back.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: altoona, 1/30/2013 5:13:55 PM     (No. 9149218)

I, for one, find his charm offensive when employed in the service of Schumer, O, McCain and Bob Menendez. Rush praised him the other day, even while not agreeing that immigration reform/amnesty is being done right. No matter how many times it is said, the borders won´t be secured "first" and all this effort will result in is the dissolution of conservatives in red states and a permanent Dem base. Rubio is earnest, intelligent and a wonderfully facile speaker, but I am not on board with him.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: ColonialAmerican1623, 1/30/2013 5:17:54 PM     (No. 9149228)

I do not trust Rubio. To me, he and Jeb are one and the same.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: King of all trolls, 1/30/2013 5:43:05 PM     (No. 9149269)

Rubio has shown his true career politician colors. He may look good in a suit and exchanges pleasantries with attention-starved radio talk show hosts, but some of you need to wake up and smell the coffee. Amnesty for 11 to 20 million illegal guests is not just another issue. It would be a permanent structural shift in the electorate in favor of the socialists. At that point, we all might as well give up. If you want to save the country take off the blinders of race, physical appearance, biography --all that crap -- and focus on the substance of the issues. Sad to say that many on the right have been suckered by Rubio in the same way those on the left were with Oblahma. You cannot rely on some talk show host to tell you what is right or wrong for the country.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: bighambone, 1/30/2013 5:58:13 PM     (No. 9149291)

I heard Rubio talk the other day about his legalization proposal for long-term illegal aliens. From what I heard Rubio say, his proposal is very different that what Obama and the liberal Democrats are proposing.

Rubio said that he supports a conditional immigration status for long-term illegal aliens that does not contain any sort of path to citizenship. Rubio´s proposal would allow qualified illegal aliens to stay in the US indefinitely, to work, to gain the protection of all US laws, and to travel to and from the USA as long as they obey all US laws. After an alien received a conditional immigration status, if that alien wished to later on become a permanent resident alien, he or she would have to qualify for an immigrant visa in accordance with the immigration laws, just like all legal immigrants must do now. After becoming a permanent resident that alien must complete five years residence in the USA and meet all the other requirements for citizenship that all legal immigrants must do today. The alien, if he or she wished, could then petition to be naturalized as a US citizen. Only then would that person receive US voting rights.

Obama and the liberal Democrats want all illegal aliens now in the USA to be put on a special streamlined path to citizenship, so that they could be naturalized and be given US voting rights as soon as possible. Obama and the liberal Democrats would not be doing that if the had any inkling at all that more then a small percentage of those new voters would ever have an epifinany and vote for conservative Republicans, you can safely bet on that!

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Reply 6 - Posted by: Rafter, 1/30/2013 6:05:17 PM     (No. 9149299)

Eventual citizenship is still citizenship with voting rights.

Why should anyone grant that to those whose presence here is a violation of U.S. law?

Rubio has been photographed with Schumer.
No one who is serious would allow himself to be photographed with Schumer.
See the article.
There the two of them are.
This is not going to sit well.
How many people love McCain?

Hope all this "immigration reform" talk is just that -- and goes away eventually.

Electing the right enforcing president will be all the reform needed.
Neither the Jebster nor the Rubester could qualify.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: dr fate, 1/30/2013 7:37:28 PM     (No. 9149435)

Rubio is now consorting with some of the lowest forms of human debris in the Senate in order to enact legislation which in ANY form would empower the dims until the end of time while dooming his own party. At best he is incredibly gullible and self-serving. I noticed that although Rush and Levin, both of whom I respect did not broach the question of electoral suicide to Rubio during their interviews, although they both have spoken at length on this subject on many occasions. Let´s have tougher interviews, please.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: 3XALADY, 1/30/2013 8:02:26 PM     (No. 9149454)

He says nothing will be done until the southern borders are closed. I don´t believe that will ever happen and every one of the requirements of his plan will just be smoothed over and never taken care of like always. If they can´t find 11 million to send home, how will they find them to sign them up? We were hearing the same thing a couple of years ago but people fought it down.

If he was talking to the conservative outlets, why didn´t he call Glenn Beck? Several million would have heard him there.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: miceal, 1/30/2013 8:25:23 PM     (No. 9149473)

Well, I for one find Marco Rubio just plain offensive. I will not worship at the alter of an appeaser who wants amnesty for illegals. I don´t care how much lipstick he puts on his pet pig.....

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Reply 10 - Posted by: TXknitter, 1/30/2013 8:27:27 PM     (No. 9149475)

#8, yes. We must all remember we heard the "securing the border" garbage (appropriate word) when W was in office. Rubio rushed through that phrase in every interview about immigration. He should be pinned down. Senator, please define "securing the border first." Details. No specifics, oh I see. Well, we will be ready to listen when specifics are all spelled out. THEN ask us for our support of this plan.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: hisself, 1/30/2013 9:52:19 PM     (No. 9149571)

Rubio voted to confirm john kerry - a traitor and a liar!

So much for Rubio!

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