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Conquering voices on the right, Sen. Marco Rubio moves to bridge GOP's immigration gap



WASHINGTON — Conservative radio host Mark Levin was ranting about Republicans suddenly talking about immigration reform, voice dripping with disgust as he wondered, "How did this become the big issue after the election?"

Levin, who uses "amnesty" like a four-letter word, said on his Nov. 8 show that Republicans were "race pandering . . . sound stupid and look stupid" and "surrendered to the left's arguments and their agenda."

So how did he react when Florida Republican Sen. Marco Rubio phoned in Wednesday to pitch his immigration ideas? "This is very fascinating to me," Levin said, barely probing the concept, including how millions of illegal immigrants would someday be eligible to seek citizenship.

After Rubio hung up, Levin called him a "very, very impressive man." As if realizing listeners were wondering if they were tuned to the wrong station, he said, "I still have a number of questions, but that's for another day."

Rubio had turned a lion into a lamb.

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[Last modified: Sunday, January 27, 2013 4:02pm]


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