Sunday, September 19, 2010

Florida: Marco Rubio talks down DREAM Act

No clear winner in first three-way U.S. Senate debate

By Beth Reinhard, Miami Herald
In Print: Saturday, September 18, 2010

MIAMI — No clear winner emerged from the first televised standoff among the major U.S. Senate candidates, leaving Republican frontrunner Marco Rubio on steady ground after Friday's debate hosted by Univision, the nation's largest Spanish-language television network.

But the GOP nominee was forced to take positions on several issues that likely put him at odds with the network's audience. Hispanic voters represent about 13 percent of the Florida electorate.

Rubio favors making English the official language of the United States and upholding Arizona's crackdown on illegal immigrants; he opposes allowing undocumented workers to earn legal status or granting citizenship to their children who attend college or serve in the military.

"What they're offering now is a bill that would in essence grant amnesty to 2 million people," Rubio said of the so-called DREAM Act, which Senate Democrats are seeking to bring up in a politically charged debate next week. "It's a cynical way to play politics with the lives of real people. … This is what always happens with Hispanic voters in this country, they manipulate them come election time." link

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