Sen. Rubio Warns GOP to Change Tone on Illegal Immigration
In an effort to shore up waning support among Hispanic voters, Senator Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) – a tea party favorite – offered a strong message to his party on the issue of illegal immigration, The Miami Herald
“The Republican Party should not be labeled as the anti-illegal immigration party. Republicans need to be the pro-legal immigration party,” Rubio said on Fox News Monday morning. “You’re talking about somebody’s mothers and grandmothers and brothers and sisters.”
The Miami Herald cites the Fox interview as the latest in a trend over the past two weeks in which Rubio has criticized his party’s inflammatory immigration rhetoric.
“It’s safe to say that he (Rubio) feels an incentive to build up his image,” said Stanford University political science professor Gary M. Segura. Segura does polling for Latino Decisions, which released a survey last week showing weak Hispanic support for the GOP presidential candidates.
The Univision News/Latino Decisions poll found Pres. Obama easily outpacing his Republican competitors among Hispanics, with registered voters giving the president two-to-one margins over Herman Cain (65 to 22 percent), Mitt Romney (67 to 24 percent) and Rick Perry (68 to 21 percent).
The poll of 1,000 registered voters conducted October 21 through November 1 had a margin of error of plus or minus 3.1 percent.