Video: Rubio heckled over immigration stance at conservative conference
posted at 11:16 am on September 3, 2013 by Guy Benson
Sen. Marco Rubio was greeted warmly by hundreds of conservative activists gathered at AFP’s ‘Defending the Dream’ summit in Orlando over the weekend, but a handful of attendees weren’t in such a forgiving mood (via Leah Barkoukis):
The Palm Beach Post described the dynamics in the ballroom:
While Rubio’s Friday hecklers were a tiny minority in a mostly positive crowd, it was clear in conversations with individual activists that Rubio’s support for the Senate’s immigration bill presents problems with the GOP’s conservative base. “He did it. He drank the Kool-Aid. I was all for him. I’m a tea party gal, I was all for Rubio,” said Terry Franklin of New Mexico, who says she now prefers Cruz or Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul…Jacksonville tea party leader Billie Tucker said she disagrees with Rubio on immigration but considers him “a great conservative” and hasn’t written him off.
If you watch the clip above, it’s clear that Rubio was overwhelmingly embraced by the crowd — even if many in the audience harbored vehement opposition to the (fatally-flawed) immigration reform package he championed in the Senate. Rubio still has some bridges to repair with the base, but if Friday’s reception is any indication, the healing process is already underway. And 2016 is still a long way off. That being said, the inarguable star of the show in Orlando was another freshman Senator:
“Run, Ted, run!”