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Video: Rubio heckled over immigration stance at conservative conference

posted at 11:16 am on September 3, 2013 by

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!”

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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.

How is it underway? He’s being heckled in public and he’s afraid to even discuss the amnesty bill. What’s going to change between now and 2016? The base just suddenly forgets all about it?

Doughboy on September 3, 2013 at 11:20 AM

The base just suddenly forgets all about it?

Doughboy on September 3, 2013 at 11:20 AM

Yep, thats exactly what will happen.

He will stay away from controversial topics from now on and just treat us to an endless stream of shallow, uplifting baby babble. He is the Republican Barack Obama and the Stupid Party will eat his shtick like a starving man.

Valkyriepundit on September 3, 2013 at 11:27 AM

How can anyone ever trust him again? He was so naive that he fell for the gang of eight BS hook, line and sinker. He gave political cover to a group of political hacks who have no intentions of following through with any of the promises he worked so hard to include in the bill. They’ll take what they like from the Amnesty bill and ignore all its other parts the second it becomes law. And he helped them with this plan! When someone turns out to be so dumb that he buys the Brooklyn bridge why would you ever trust him again to invest your money?

Fred 2 on September 3, 2013 at 11:40 AM

Just heard a guy on the radio complaining about how the ruling class no longer fears us and just do what they want to do which is to keep themselves in power. Rubio is a good example with his 180 on amnesty and DWS with her constant bimbo lies.

Blake on September 3, 2013 at 11:56 AM

My biggest problem is that he lied, lied and lied again about the deceptive packaging of the amnesty bill. The “paying back taxes”, “having to learn English”, etc., were all touted but none were in the bill as written.

Clark1 on September 3, 2013 at 12:40 PM

How can anyone ever trust him again? He was so naive that he fell for the gang of eight BS hook, line and sinker. …

Fred 2 on September 3, 2013 at 11:40 AM

You give him too much credit: he isnt naive, he is a liar. When he was Speaker in Florida, he was very liberal on the question of immigration – even more liberal than some Florida Dems. But this was before he needed conservatives against Crist in 2009. With his work in the group of 8, he is simply returning to his actual, contemptible convictions.

Valkyriepundit on September 3, 2013 at 12:59 PM

Sometimes conservatives are just downright stupid.Rubio is a traitor to conservative principles,but they still continue to support him? It’s just like so many instances of domestic violence.No officer, “I don’t want to press charges”.Too many conservatives are content to be abused by establishment politicians who used them to get elected in the first place!We will never take back America with this kind of attitude.I have written my home state Senator,Lindsey Graham, to inform him that after 44 years of voting Republican in every election that should he win his primary,I will vote for a Democrat for the first time in my life.Graham will not abuse me any longer.He must be punished for his betrayals.If Rubio is the GOP nominee in 2016 I will stay home.If Christie is the nominee, I will stay home.I will only vote for a Republican nominee whom I know will vote for the advancement of a conservative agenda without waffling.There is only one who will do that-Ted Cruz!

redware on September 3, 2013 at 2:05 PM

Rubio reminds us that America has two parties: Liberals form the Democratic party, and liberals form the Republican party.

CrustyB on September 3, 2013 at 4:11 PM

but if Friday’s reception is any indication, the healing process is already underway.

Or maybe it indicates that the people who think he’s a lying piece of crap have better things to do than go listen to him lie some more. I know I don’t go listen to people I don’t support.

xblade on September 3, 2013 at 4:28 PM

Cancel!

btest on October 23, 2013 at 11:51 AM

Redemption is an important window of hope.

btest on October 23, 2013 at 11:52 AM

Or not

btest on October 23, 2013 at 11:52 AM