For a “candidate of the future,” Marco Rubio is incredibly focused on rewriting history. Today brought just the latest RubioBot attempt to recalibrate his past position on the 2013 immigration reform bill that he helped author, shepherd through the Senate, and, ultimately, voted for.
Here’s what Rubio said about the bill this morning:
The Senate immigration law was not headed towards becoming a law…It was never going to go from there to the president’s desk…I was saying, “It’ll never pass the House, it’ll never become law”
Of course, Rubio voted for the bill in the Senate, and, as NBC News’s Alex Jaffe reports, was at the time very bullish about its passage in the House:
[In 2013], Rubio said while he expected the House to make some changes to the final bill, he hoped they would ultimately “take a look” at it.
Maybe he’s hoping no one will notice. But Marco Rubio is acting like any other two-bit politician, changing his story depending on what state he’s in — and it’s become increasingly difficult to take him at his word.
Marco Rubio on Monday insisted the immigration reform bill he helped spearhead through the Senate was never intended to become law
It’s a notable departure from his comments on the bill when he was advocating for its passage in 2013, however. Then, Rubio said while he expected the House to make some changes to the final bill, he hoped they would ultimately “take a look” at it.
“I think we have a good piece of legislation they should take a look at. There are a lot of good ideas that they should adopt,” he said at the time, according to Reuters.
After it became clear later in 2013 that the House had no intention of taking up the legislation, Rubio began his walk away from a comprehensive approach.