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Rubio lashes out at finger-wagging climate science believers with abortion argument

Sen. Marco Rubio, who has gotten attention for his comments on climate change and doubts about man's contribution, is pushing back with some science of his own:

"All these people always wag their finger at me about science and settled science," he said yesterday on Sean Hannity's radio show. "Let me give you a bit of settled science that they'll never admit to: Science is settled, it's not even a consensus - it is a unanimity - that human life beings at conception. So I hope the next time that someone wags their finger about science, go ask one of these leaders on the left: 'Do you agree with the consensus of scientists that say that human life begins at conception?' I'd like to see someone ask that question. It's never asked. And that's not even a debatable thing. We can actually see that happening. I mean, that is a proven fact. That's a scientific consensus they conveniently choose to ignore."

Hannity also played Jeb Bush's "act of love" immigration comment and asked Rubio to respond. (Rubio expressed similar sentiment in his book)

"I think it highlights what a difficult issue it is," Rubio said. "There are people that come here because they are desperate and they are going to do whatever it takes to provide for their families, and then there are people that come here because they want to skirt the law and benefit. ... Part of the challenge we have is culling through that and trying to figure out how to adjust to it. And further complicating it, really, is that we are a very compassionate country and these human stories that we will hear about will touch our hearts. We're also a sovereign country that has a right to have immigration laws and to enforce them."

Rubio said he did not regret being involved in the Senate’s comprehensive immigration bill but went back to his original position that a piecemeal approach is best. “It's a tough issue. I think it needs to be solved. I'm not claiming it's the No. 1 issue before the country, but it's an important one.”

Rubio passed on commenting about Hillary Clinton’s health but said a presidential candidate’s health is important to know. "I think it's relevant, for anyone."

Hannity told Rubio that he’ll soon be a constituent. “I’ve decided I’m leaving New York when my kid graduates high school. I have a little place in Naples. Maybe you and I can go out and play golf and swim in the ocean."

[Last modified: Thursday, May 15, 2014 9:13am]


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