A month ago, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) was considered by many to be the GOP front-runner for president in 2016. Now, even if he secures the nomination, Republicans may very likely support him only half-heartedly like they did moderate Republican Senator John McCain (R-Ariz.) in 2008, a sure recipe for losing the presidential election.
On June 27th, the "Gang of Eight," composed of Rubio and other senators supporting the relaxation of immigration laws, forced through an immigration reform bill so radical even Jeb Bush has criticized it. Less than one-third of Senate Republicans voted for it. S. 744 would award legal status and a path to citizenship to 11 million illegal immigrants. The Gang of Eight is composed of four liberal Democrat Senators and four Republican Senators, including McCain and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), liberal Republicans known for siding with the Democrats on immigration.
Rubio isn't just pushing for moderate immigration reform, such as that envisioned by Clint Bolick and Jeb Bush in their new book Immigration Wars. Their plan for dealing with illegal immigration does not include a path to citizenship, and cuts down on chain migration, which currently accounts for two-thirds of all legal immigration. Rubio's bill goes much further, signing onto the most radical Democrat proposals. more >>
The Republican presidential candidate in 2016 could win over 40 percent of the Latino vote, but only if an immigration reform bill passes, a poll by Latino Decisions suggests.
For the July 1 poll of 1,200 Latinos who voted in the previous two presidential elections, half of the respondents were asked if the they would vote for former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, Sen. Marco Rubio (Fla.) or Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) without any mention of immigration reform. The other half were asked about their support of the Republican candidates after mentioning those candidates' support for immigration reform. Support for the candidates increased significantly with the immigration prompt.
The prompt for Rubio read, "Currently the U.S. Congress is debating a comprehensive immigration reform bill that would provide a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants in the United States. Republican Marco Rubio played a key role in helping to pass this bill and with Rubio's leadership undocumented immigrants receive legal status and a path to citizenship." more >>
After passage of a comprehensive immigration bill in the U.S. Senate, the bill has an uncertain future as the U.S. House takes up the legislation. Here are three reasons an immigration reform bill will not pass, and three reasons it will.
Why It Will Not Pass
1. House Republicans more >>
DALLAS, Texas – David Barton, the founder and president of WallBuilders and author of the book, The Founder's Bible, was a featured guest speaker at Friday's National Right to Life prayer breakfast, where he praised American exceptionalism and spoke about the Founding Fathers, the Constitution, the role of government, and how a politician's stance on abortion shapes their voting record on all other issues.
Barton told the pro-life audience that abortion isn't a new issue, and said he doesn't know why people think abortion was not an issue 200 years ago.
"The Founding Fathers wrote and talked about abortion. … James Wilson said that human life is protected by common law, and John Witherspoon explained that in America, people know that God creates life, not parents. Therefore, you can't take a life that doesn't belong to you." more >>
DALLAS, Texas — Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) held a brief press conference following his speech Friday at the 43rd annual National Right to Life Convention in Dallas, Texas, and spoke about late-term abortion and the Senate's gang of eight immigration reform bill that passed earlier this week.
When asked about Texas state Sen. Wendy Davis' (D-Ft. Worth), successful filibuster of a bill that would ban late-term abortions in the Lone Star state after the fifth month of pregnancy, Cruz said he didn't agree with her actions, and condemned the pro-abortion lobby and protesters who aggressively disrupted the political process at the state capitol, but said he wasn't going to criticize the state senator for standing up for her convictions.
"I think it is unfortunate that we saw people using tactics to try to disrupt the legislative process," Cruz said, "and to stop elected representatives from voting their principles, and from voting for a policy that is supported by a large majority of Texans." more >>
Conservative radio host and political commentator Glenn Beck ripped Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), calling him a "piece of garbage" for defending his support of the immigration reform bill that passed in the U.S. Senate on Thursday.
On the radio on Thursday, Beck accused Rubio of playing politics instead of doing the right thing.
"He's not trying to do the right thing," said Beck of Rubio, who is a member of the Gang of Eight senators who crafted the bill. "He's falling into the power structure." more >>