WTF? Marco Rubio thinks his amnesty bill failed because people distrust large government programs

In 2013, Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., championed the “Gang of Eight” amnesty bill that failed in the U.S. House of Representatives. New York Times reporter Jim Rutenberg recently asked Rubio what lesson he drew from that. Here’s the exchange:

NY Times’ Jim Rutenberg: You suffered politically for trying to push a sweeping immigration overhaul with a pathway to citizenship. What lesson did you draw from that?

Rubio: That there now exists an incredible level of mistrust on anything massive that the government does.


Twitchy lists a number of valid problems – such as the refusal to consider a border fence, but even they leave out the fact that mass immigration of unskilled workers drives down wages.

As for Rubio, he is a total idiot or a liar. Or both.

  • Dana Garcia

    In 1986, the deal was for amnesty up front with border security to follow. We got the amnesty immediately but no real border security. I figure we are still owed.

    Today, tens of millions of citizens cannot find full time work, but the President is handing out work permits to four or five million illegals.

    And every time Rubio mentions amnesty, Americans remember his part in pushing the Gang of 8 version through the Senate. Nobody in Congress is more mistrusted than faux-conservative Rubio.

  • Drunk_by_Noon

    Rubio is a liar pandering to what he envisions a coming Hispanic wave that will sweep him into higher office.

    • Freedom

      I still like Rubio , but I think someone is pulling his strings. His brother in law went to prison on a drug offense and was released early from what I have read. He might have owed someone a favor , his immigration stand was not conservative and he must have known it would hurt him in the future.

      • Drunk_by_Noon

        I’m not sure what’s to still like when it comes to Rubio.
        Maybe you can show me how he is still likeable, especially if he owes “favors” on behalf of his criminal family members?

        • Freedom

          He was a very good conservative before he veered off course on immigration; he is a very
          good speaker and was correct on many of the major issues. Could I trust him enough to vote for him as President-No?

          Conservative Review gives Sen. Marco Rubio Florida a ( B ) and Liberty Score of 80%.

          BTW: I have yet to hear one single word from Senator Ted
          Cruz that I disagree with.

  • Brett_McS

    The irony is that automation is reducing the need for unskilled, or low-skilled workers. This is just piling up hoards of unsettled and unemployed for the future.

    • Frau Katze

      Masses of unemployable people… Not a good development.

  • mauser 98

    Rubio is ineligible to be POTUS

    • Drunk_by_Noon

      How? He was born in Miami.

      • mauser 98

        father was Cuban citizen at time of birth
        “Natural Born Citizen as defined when the Constitution was written.
        Mother must be US Citizen
        Father must be US Citizen
        Child must be born on US Soil – Changed to be US Sovereign Soil.
        The Law of Nations or the Principles of Natural Law (1758) ”

        neither is Cruz, Jindal , Santorum