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Rubio gets tea party backing despite 'huge mistake' on immigration

He made a "huge mistake" by getting involved in immigration, but Sen. Marco Rubio has the backing of the nation's largest tea party group.

Tea Party Patriots said its super PAC will back Rubio in his re-election bid.

“When he first ran for the Senate in 2010, Marco Rubio had the courage to challenge a popular sitting governor, and Tea Party Patriots all over the state responded by flocking to his candidacy and forming the backbone of his support. Since winning that election, he has served ably and well, and – despite his huge mistake on ‘comprehensive immigration reform’ (read: amnesty for illegal immigrants), from which he says he has learned his lessons – he is, clearly, the strongest conservative candidate for the Senate in Florida," Jenny Beth Martin said in a release.

“Let’s be frank: That mistake hurt him with Tea Party activists in Florida, and across the nation. But he now says he recognizes the difficulty of dealing with such an issue in a comprehensive fashion, and instead supports a one-at-a-time approach – first, implement real border security, and don’t make any further moves until the public agrees that our borders are secure. Then, and only then, will we be able successfully to move on to other aspects of the immigration reform agenda. Tea Party Patriots believes that will be a successful strategy, and we support Sen. Rubio’s decision to follow that course.

“Sen. Rubio had an opportunity to show he had learned his lesson when he voted on H.R. 240, the DHS funding bill, in February of 2015. Senate Majority Leader McConnell had offered a substitute that removed the House-passed prohibition on using appropriated funds to implement President Obama’s illegal and unconstitutional executive amnesty proposal. Sen. Rubio voted properly AGAINST the McConnell-amended, weakened measure. He also voted properly when he later voted in support of S. 2146, the Stop Sanctuary Policies and Protect Americans Act.

“In addition, Sen. Rubio voted properly AGAINST corporate cronyism when he voted to kill the Export-Import Bank; voted properly AGAINST federal control of education when he voted against reauthorization of the No Child Left Behind Act; became a cosponsor of S. 1810, the No Exemption for Washington from ObamaCare Act, and voted properly to subpoena congressional officials who falsely declared Congress to be a ‘small business’ in order to qualify illegally for ObamaCare subsidies; voted properly AGAINST the Boehner-Obama budget deal that busted the Sequester spending caps; and voted properly AGAINST tabling (killing) Sen. Mike Lee’s amendment that would have prevented the creation of a national zoning board by defunding the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing rule.

“Across the state, Local Coordinators and members and supporters of Tea Party Patriots have told us they want us to endorse Sen. Rubio for reelection.

“Control of the U.S. Senate is at stake in the November election – and with it, control of the U.S. Supreme Court. Sen. Rubio’s reelection will help ensure that Republicans maintain the majority, and can use that majority to prevent the nomination and confirmation of a liberal to replace the late Justice Antonin Scalia.

“Consequently, I am pleased to announce on behalf of our 1.4 million members and supporters that Tea Party Patriots Citizens Fund is proud to endorse Sen. Marco Rubio for reelection. We urge all our members and supporters in the state to make a plan to be a voter for him in the August 30 primary election, and in the November general election

[Last modified: Wednesday, July 6, 2016 3:15pm]

    

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