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Rubio: Conservatives need to reach out better to minority and immigrant communities



Sen. Marco Rubio, one of Mitt Romney's most ardent champions nationally, issued this statement on the race.

As a political document, it seems a quick effort by Rubio to define his role in the campaign on his terms, praising Romney but also offering veiled criticism about the direction of the GOP. One big question for the Florida Republican is whether he will pursue immigration reform and work with Obama, who mentioned the issue tonight after failing to deliver on promises from 2008.

Another question for Rubio: Was Romney not conservative enough, or has the GOP tipped too much to the right?

"I join my fellow Americans in thanking God we live in an exceptional democratic country where our leaders are elected peacefully at the ballot box. And I congratulate President Obama on his victory. 

"It has been a privilege campaigning for Mitt Romney, getting to know him and traveling throughout the country on his behalf. When future generations look back on this election, I am proud they will count me among those who chose a path of limited government and free enterprise at a critical crossroads in our history. I am proud to have cast my vote for Mitt Romney.

"Now comes the hard part. America faces monumental challenges in putting people back to work, reducing our crushing debt and advancing our interests around the world.

"In the next Congress, I am committed to working on upward mobility policies that will ensure people who work hard and play by the rules can rise above the circumstances of their birth and leave their children better off. 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. I look forward to working on these goals with my new and returning colleagues in Congress and hope the President will get behind our efforts."

[Last modified: Wednesday, November 7, 2012 3:24am]


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