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Jeb and Charlie support licenses for illegals too

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October

Be careful Republican presidential hopefuls about jumping too hard on Hillary Clinton's nebulous debate answer last night on whether illegal immigrants should be granted drivers licenses. As Politico's Jonathan Martin notes, Jeb Bush supported the same thing in 2004: "“We shouldn't allow them to come into the country to begin with, but once they're here, what do you do?" Bush told the AP at the time.  "Do you basically say that they're lepers to society? That they don't exist? … A policy that ignores them is a policy of denial."

What's more, Charlie Crist last year said he supported drivers licenses for illegals too, "in limited circustances."

Statement from RPOF Chairman Jim Greer today: “Instead of providing leadership on the important issues like tax relief or immigration, Clinton spent two hours dodging and weaving on every major issue. Instead of talking about how she will protect our country or provide more openness in government, Clinton defensively attacked the President. Given this performance, Floridians should be thankful that Hillary Clinton is boycotting Florida. Voters in Florida deserve principled leadership, and solid results, which Hillary reminded us that she clearly lacks."

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 12:24pm]

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