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Rubio hammers Obama’s ‘no way bipartisan’ immigration action

The Florida senator also disagrees with fellow Floridian Gov. Jeb Bush’s ‘grand bargain’ on the national debt

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.)¬†offered criticism Thursday morning of President Obama’s recent executive action dealing with illegal immigrants beyond the oft-heard Republican point that it was ‚??extra-constitutional.‚?Ě In Rubio‚??s words, ‚??we don‚??t know how many will be affected by it, whether kids will come up and identify themselves as illegal‚?Ě and that the president‚??s order was in no way bipartisan.

‚??There are many unanswered questions. How many does it affect? Are kids going to come out and identify themselves?,” Rubio said this morning at the Christian Science Monitor breakfast.

Many felt that President Obama upstaged the Florida senator with the Friday announcement, because it was understood that Rubio was working on his own version of the DREAM Act. Conservatives, especially, asked why Rubio took so long in crafting his own legislation.

“That‚??s why it took so long to come up with the bill. If I wanted to come up with something based on talking points, I would have done it in six months. I just think if you look at it, this White House didn‚??t reach out to anyone. [Obama] never talked to anyone. It‚??s not that I want to talk to these guys. If you are really interested in a bipartisan solution, you reached out to senators from other parties. That never happened. They‚??re interested in a talking point. I hoped for a humanitarian solution.‚?Ě

Regarding the presidential election, Rubio — who is still mentioned as a potential vice presidential nominee this year — said ‚??Democrats will do very well among Hispanics for a while. They‚??re liberal Democrats and they are not going to support us. Cuban Americans that moved to Miami are disproportionately Republican. Cuban Americans who moved to New Jersey are disproportionately Democratic.¬†But the Republican Party is doing a much better job of — and Gov. Romney is doing a better job of — explaining why the Republican Party is the pro-legal immigration party.‚?Ě

Rubio also said that he disagrees with his close friend and fellow Florida Republican Jeb Bush on a ‚??grand bargain‚?Ě to deal with the nation’s debt.

‚??I‚??m a great admirer of Gov. Bush,‚?Ě Rubio said. But as for Bush‚??s recent comment on CBS News that the debt crisis would probably be resolved by a ‚??grand bargain‚?Ě between the two parties that includes many spending cuts and some tax hikes, onetime Florida House Speaker Rubio disagrees.

‚??I don‚??t know the context in which [Bush] said it,‚?Ě he told Human Events, ‚??I‚??ve always rejected the concept of higher taxes [to pay down the deficit]. I believe that with more revenue, more taxes, that‚??s how you pay down the debt, do more things. I don‚??t believe raising taxes will generate growth.‚?Ě

He went on to say that he was ‚??not religiously opposed to taxes. I don‚??t believe in ‚??zero taxes.‚?? Getting rid of exemptions, creating fairness and respectability in tax codes — that‚??s what I‚??m in favor of. I‚??m in favor of cutting spending [because] it‚??s important for long term growth. Over-reliance in cuts in discretionary spending won‚??t work — you can‚??t get 100 percent of cuts from 30 percent of budget. And cutting foreign aid will eviscerate the ability of this country to get things done around the world.‚?Ě

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John Gizzi has come to be known as ‚??the man who knows everyone in Washington‚?Ě and, indeed, many of those who hold elected positions and in party leadership roles throughout the United States. With his daily access to the White House as a correspondent, Mr. Gizzi offers readers the inside scoop on what‚??s going on in the nation‚??s capital. He is the author of a number of popular Human Events features, such as ‚??Gizzi on Politics‚?Ě and spotlights of key political races around the country. Gizzi also is the host of ‚??Gizzi‚??s America,‚?Ě video interviews that appear on HumanEvents.com. Gizzi got his start at Human Events in 1979 after graduating from Fairfield University in Connecticut and then working for the Travis County (Tex.) Tax Assessor. He has appeared on hundreds of radio and TV shows, including Fox News Channel, C-SPAN, America's Voice,The Jim Bohannon Show, Fox 5, WUSA 9, America's Radio News Network and is also a frequent contributor to the BBC -- and has appeared on France24 TV and German Radio. He is a past president of the Georgetown Kiwanis Club, past member of the St. Matthew's Cathedral's Parish Council, and secretary of the West End Friends of the Library. He is a recipient of the William A. Rusher Award for Journalistic Excellence and was named Journalist of the Year by the Conservative Political Action Conference in 2002. John Gizzi is also a credentialed correspondent at the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund. He has questioned two IMF managing directors, Dominique Strauss-Kahn and Christine LaGarde, and has become friends with international correspondents worldwide. John‚??s email is JGizzi@EaglePub.Com

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