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Rubio and Trump battle over immigration



Forget credit cards for the moment, Marco Rubio is fighting with Donald Trump over something that could resonate more with the conservative base: immigration.

“Rubio was totally in favor of very lax rules, he was part of the ‘Gang of 8,’ “ Trump said Wednesday in New Hampshire. “The Gang of 8 means ‘come on in folks, come on in, no one is going to stop you.”

A day earlier, Trump called attention to billionaire Paul Singer’s support for immigration reform. Singer last week said he would back Rubio in the presidential race.

On Fox News this morning, Rubio was asked about Trump winning in Florida and took his own immigration shot.

“Donald was a supporter of amnesty and the DREAM Act, he changed his position on those issues just to run for president," Rubio said. (Background here.)

Rubio’s work on the Senate bill was seen widely by conservatives as embracing amnesty, and he once worked on his own version of the Dream Act. But since the Senate bill collapsed he has moved to the right.

“We are not going to be able to pass a comprehensive approach to the immigration problem,” Rubio said on Good Morning America, a nod to his belief that a piecemeal approach is best.

Asked Democrats: “How can voters trust Marco Rubio after his complete shapeshift from a member of the Gang of 8 that shepherded immigration reform through the Senate to his new role as Republican presidential candidate eager to run to the right of Donald Trump?”

[Last modified: Wednesday, November 4, 2015 12:44pm]


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