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Rubio says tea party criticism 'Has been a real trial for me'



Sen. Marco Rubio, increasingly battered by conservatives over his role in the immigration bill, both coddled and pushed back against his critics in a speech today.

"To hear the worry, anxiety and growing anger in the voices of so many people who helped me get elected to the Senate, who I agree with on virtually every other issue, has been a real trial for me," the Florida Republican said. "I realize that in the end, many of my fellow conservatives will still not be able to support this reform. But I hope you will understand that I honestly believe it is the right thing for our country. To finally have an immigration system that works, to finally have a fence, more agents and E-Verify, and to finally put an end to de facto amnesty. In my heart and in my mind, I know that we must solve this problem once and for all, or it will only get worse. It will only get harder to solve."

Rubio also released a long letter making similar points as he does in the speech. Read that here.

[Last modified: Wednesday, June 26, 2013 7:02pm]


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