Senator Ted Cruz is calling out fellow Senator and 2016 GOP Presidential hopeful Marco Rubio, hitting Rubio for his past support of an “amnesty” bill.
The controversial immigration legislation, championed by President Obama and Sen. Chuck Schumer, was the brainchild of the Senate’s “Gang of 8.”
It has become a liability for Rubio on the campaign trail, causing Rubio, who was a part of that group, to trying and distance himself from his own legislation…
According to CNN:
“Ted Cruz on Wednesday continued to poke from afar at fellow senator and GOP presidential rival Marco Rubio, recognizing that the pair share policy differences that Cruz is increasingly willing to highlight.
(H)e encouraged voters to look at which candidates are “blowing smoke” on a path to citizenship and which are “telling the truth.”
Cruz is quick to charge that most of his GOP rivals have at one point supported “amnesty,” and Rubio’s signature push in Congress was an abandoned attempt by a group known as the Gang of Eight to pass comprehensive reform that included a road to citizenship.
It is also an issue where Cruz, who has pledged to crack down on border crossings, sees an opening in the fight for conservative support against Rubio, who has distanced himself from his own bill.
When asked later for differences on immigration between him and Rubio, Cruz said simply to look at their records.
“It is not complicated that on the seminal fight over amnesty in Congress, the Gang of Eight bill — that was the brainchild of Chuck Schumer and Barack Obama, would have granted amnesty to 12 million people here illegally — that I stood with the American people and led the fight to defeat it in the United States Congress,” he said…
Rubio stumped for that 2013 bill.”