Some Democrats see immigration inaction as expedient, Rubio says
May 23rd, 2012
11:21 PM ET
3 years ago

Some Democrats see immigration inaction as expedient, Rubio says

(CNN) - The congressional impasse on immigration may be a political calculation by some Democrats, Sen. Marco Rubio said in a television appearance on Wednesday.

"I think there are some in the Democratic Party - not all - but I think there are some people in the Democratic Party that think that the immigration issue is more valuable to them unsolved," the first term Florida senator said on Fox News. "That it gives them something to talk about, that they can go back to Hispanic communities and make unrealistic promises every two years and win votes.”

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"And I think for some - not all - but for some Democrats, the issue of immigration is better politically if they just leave it the way it is now because they can use it against Republicans," Rubio added.

Rubio's comments came after his keynote address Wednesday at the Latino Coalition Annual Economic Summit, which earlier heard from GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney. Rubio has been floated by some - but has pushed back against such suggestions - as a possible vice presidential pick for Romney in part because of his Hispanic heritage and the potential influence of Hispanic voters this election cycle.

In the interview, he said the "perpetual campaign" and hyper-polarization has led to predetermined votes, rather than policy decisions, stacking up on the Senate floor.

Some, however, considered his party's series of votes on competing budget measures earlier this month to be a similar stunt, as none of the five were expected to pass.

In his speech on Wednesday, Rubio criticized the rhetoric of President Barack Obama, saying "What you have today is nothing less than a wholesale effort to pit one group of Americans against each other on issue after issue."

A poll released Wednesday showed Obama with a significant lead over Romney among Latino voters. The NBC News/Wall Street Journal/Telemundo survey showed 61% backed Obama and 27% favored Romney.

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Filed under: 2012 • Latinos • Marco Rubio
soundoff (17 Responses)
  1. Jeff in San Diego

    Republicans want to keep illegals in the country to keep labor cost low in the US. IF illegals left, we'd back to full union membership in most areas of construction and manufacturing in a matter of years,

    May 23, 2012 11:49 pm at 11:49 pm |
  2. RNC is out of touch with Latinos, Women and Middle Class Americans

    Rubio where is your Dream Act Plan in writing? If Rubio's Dream Act Plan so good let's have a vote and where are all those Republicans clambering to vote. The truth Republicans think Latinos are inferior to them.

    May 24, 2012 12:02 am at 12:02 am |
  3. vic , nashville ,tn

    "That it gives them something to talk about, that they can go back to Hispanic communities and make unrealistic promises every two years and win votes.” Rubio

    Is he talking about 2004,2006

    May 24, 2012 12:35 am at 12:35 am |
  4. Larry L

    The "Anchor Baby" speaks about immigration. This preppy pretends to be a Latino but he's just another well-paid coconut.

    May 24, 2012 12:55 am at 12:55 am |
  5. getoverit

    Rubio is a really smart guy, but of course the Lefty Loon Haters will immediately get defensive and start attacking him about anything that doesn,t matter.

    May 24, 2012 01:04 am at 1:04 am |
  6. Reggie from LA

    Geezisss!! Is he still talking. Oh yeah, the Latino community so looks up to Rubio for ideology and representation....NOT!! The Latino community ain't dumb enough to buy into it, especially coming from him. Better try a different shill. Good Luck!!

    May 24, 2012 01:23 am at 1:23 am |
  7. Thomas

    "I think there are some in the Democratic Party – not all – but I think there are some people in the Democratic Party that think that the immigration issue is more valuable to them unsolved,"

    Obama was born in the USA !

    May 24, 2012 01:35 am at 1:35 am |
  8. Common Sense

    You want to see Immigration impulse solved? Then Rubio is the right guy!! with Dems is just talk talk talk more lies and political manipulation.

    May 24, 2012 01:36 am at 1:36 am |
  9. Donkey Party

    Smears, lies, racism, intolerance, fear and hate mongering is all the filthy Republicans stand for. Nothing another civil war wouldn't solve...

    May 24, 2012 02:02 am at 2:02 am |
  10. zulu

    The only ones that treats minorities like second class citizens are the republicans now who's fault is it that their on the democratic side again?

    An mr Romney says he wants to work on education, but when he's in private meetings with his big donors he says he wants to slash the department of education, you can't have it both ways mr romney jeez

    May 24, 2012 03:28 am at 3:28 am |
  11. Namejkane fl live FROM ROMNEYCARE BIG DIG IN BOSTON, 15BILLION DALLAR ROMNEY FISCILE CONSERVATIVE FAILED GOV,THREE TIME LOSER

    When are you going to pay back the money you stole on your Gop credit card Rubio????

    May 24, 2012 04:57 am at 4:57 am |
  12. Namejkane fl live FROM ROMNEYCARE BIG DIG IN BOSTON, 15BILLION DALLAR ROMNEY FISCILE CONSERVATIVE FAILED GOV,THREE TIME LOSER

    All these words and propaganda from the tepublican party of no ,no ,no and obstruction!!!!

    May 24, 2012 05:01 am at 5:01 am |
  13. NATHAN WIMBERLY

    Where is the unhinged GOBP immigration bill? They were too busy waging War on women and talking about self deportation.

    May 24, 2012 05:51 am at 5:51 am |
  14. Chris

    The complete hypocrisy and total lack of self awareness by those on the right is astounding.

    May 24, 2012 06:05 am at 6:05 am |
  15. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Rubio, like most republicans, would not know the truth if his life depended on it. He is posturing to become the running mate of Mittens, the lying flip flopper. Both Mittens and Rubio are anchor babies and they need to self deport.

    May 24, 2012 06:52 am at 6:52 am |
  16. Lincoln Penny

    Is it just me or do you see the same thing...a forked tongue? I don't trust this man from the word GO!

    May 24, 2012 07:17 am at 7:17 am |
  17. martin

    Hey Mark- where's your birth certificate? Shouldn't be too hard to find, did you look behind the refrigerator? Perhaps it's tucked down between the cushions on the couch, or maybe you left it behind in Cuba. Whatever, I'm sure you'd be happy to show it to all of us, if that's not too much to ask.

    May 24, 2012 07:43 am at 7:43 am |