#MarcoRushio: Sen. Rubio hits Limbaugh’s show to sell immigration plan, Rush praises


Sen. Marco Rubio has taken some heat from conservatives for his support of Shamnesty Redux. Today, he had a chance to state his case on Rush Limbaugh’s radio show.

The Right Scoop has audio of the full interview:

FULL INTERVIEW: Rush Limbaugh interviews Marco Rubio on bipartisan immigration reform j.mp/X6jEpb

— Right Scoop (@trscoop) January 29, 2013

Rubio says he remembers Rush’s TV program. .. says he’s a long time listener

— Charlie Spiering (@charliespiering) January 29, 2013

Rubio made sure to emphasize his commitment to border security:

Rubio says that “blanket amnesty” is not a good proposal, repeats that border security should be part of the plan

— Charlie Spiering (@charliespiering) January 29, 2013

Rubio reiterating on Rush he won’t sign onto any bill that doesnt have border security/enforcement as precondition.

— Philip Klein (@philipaklein) January 29, 2013

.@marcorubio agreeing with @rushlimbaugh about absolute triggers for enforcement. Says he won’t support bill otherwise. #MarcoRushio

— El SOOPer!! (@SooperMexican) January 29, 2013

.@marcorubio on @limbaugh: If there is not language in this bill that guarantees border security first I will not support #immigration bill.

— Sara Marie Brenner (@saramarietweets) January 29, 2013

Before attempting to steer the conversation somewhat:

really sounding like Rubio laying foundation to pull out of Senate immigration plan after text of bill is written

— Conn Carroll (@conncarroll) January 29, 2013

lots of backtracking RT @charliespiering Rubio pulling wayyy back on immigration conversation – focuses more on general idea of limited govt

— Conn Carroll (@conncarroll) January 29, 2013

Limited government is our goal, no doubt, but it’s important to remember what that limited government’s job is:

Border/security & enforcement should not be a “precondition.” It should be the responsibility of government IN AND OF ITSELF. #shamnesty

— Michelle Malkin (@michellemalkin) January 29, 2013

Overall, despite his initial nervousness, the interview turned out well for Rubio:

Limbaugh to Rubio: “What you are doing is admirable and noteworthy.” Conservative gold for Marco. Again

— Marc Caputo (@MarcACaputo) January 29, 2013

Rush raving about Rubio: “That was impressive… not at all intimidated….kudos all the way around.” More kabuki

— Marc Caputo (@MarcACaputo) January 29, 2013

“IS THAT GUY GOOD OR WHAT?” Rush shouts about Rubio when he comes back from the break. “Here is a guy who does not fear talk radio.”

— Jon Ward (@jonward11) January 29, 2013

Raves from Rush are coveted as conservative cred. Rubio did himself a favor today.

And regardless of your satisfaction with Rubio, he did say one thing we can all agree on:

Rubio: “Obama won’t be president forever.”

— Philip Klein (@philipaklein) January 29, 2013

Amen to that.


(Editor’s note: A hearty thanks to @SooperMexican for the #MarcoRushio hashtag.)