Sen. Marco Rubio details his thoughts on the looming immigration reform bill that is finding it’s way through the Senate:
Marc Caputo, from The Miami Herald, analyzes how we’re already tumbling head-long into the 2016 contest which inevitably (many would say) will involve Senator Marco Rubio of Florida. In case you missed it, there was a moderate kerfuffle over some comments made in a GQ magazine interview of Sen. Rubio. He was asked how old he thought the earth was (a curious question, as I’m sure it is never put towards a left leaning politicians). Since he did not immediately say that the earth was “X” number of billions of years old, many perceived that he was a type of evangelical extremist. Mr. Caputo, who has covered the Florida resident for years, has the following analysis:
For the record, in the decade we’ve covered the West Miami resident, Rubio has never sounded or really acted like a religious fundamentalist. But he is deeply conservative in many of his religious beliefs and he has voiced support for a modified type of Creationism, known as Intelligent Design.
As Florida House Speaker in 2008, Rubio passively supported an Intelligent Design-related bill, but allowed it to die in his chamber. He spent no political capital on it. And he didn’t suggest then that the Earth was only a few thousand years old or that this was subject to scientific dispute.
None of that was mentioned by the liberals intent on making Rubio into a right-wing nutcase this month.
Marco Rubio was asked to comment on Mitt Romney’s statement that Obama influenced the election outcome through government handouts (or “gifts” as he called them). Another sign why Senator Rubio is considered by many to be in the driver’s seat for the 2016 nomination, he provided the following, highly effect response:
“[O]ur mission should not be to deny government benefits to people who need them,” but to make sure that “less people need government benefits.”
Rubio added that he has “tremendous admiration for [Romney] as a person” and hopes he stays active in the GOP.
USA Today reports on the particularly relevant appeal that Senator Marco Rubio has for the Republican nomination in 2016:
Enter Rubio, 41, the charismatic Cuban-American senator from West Miami who has tried to soften his partys often harsh rhetoric about illegal immigrants.Rubio believes that instead of focusing simply on tightening borders and deporting foreigners in the country illegally, federal policy should also look at sensibly accommodating those who have been on American soil for years.He has proposed a version of the DREAM Act that would allow children brought to the United States illegally at an early age the opportunity to stay in the country and seek legal residency provided they complete high school and have no criminal history. Many Republicans oppose amnesty, but Rubio said its time to change the conversation.”The conservative movement should have particular appeal to people in minority and immigrant communities who are trying to make it, and Republicans need to work harder than ever to communicate our beliefs to them,” he said in a statement issued Wednesday, less than two hours after Romneys concession speech.