Cruz-Rubio feud shows no sign of abating

December 17, 2015

Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz stepped up his battle with opponent Marco Rubio over immigration, arguing that he has always opposed amnesty for people who come to the United States illegally while Rubio made a “very, very different” choice.

“Marco Rubio campaigned telling the people of Florida, if you elect me, I will lead the fight against amnesty. In Texas, I campaigned telling the people of Texas, if you elect me, I will lead the fight against amnesty,” Cruz told reporters before a rally in Las Vegas. “But come 2013 we made very, very different decisions.”

Cruz and Rubio, both U.S. senators, dominated much of the Republican presidential debate earlier this week with battles over immigration and national security. Cruz has criticized Rubio for his involvement in an ultimately failed effort to reform the immigration system and has accused him of banding with Democrats to support “amnesty.”

The bill Rubio worked on in (?) would have provided a path to legal status for immigrants.

However, comments Cruz made in 2013 have resurfaced in the media in which he appeared to support some of the goals of that same immigration effort. Cruz introduced an amendment that would have barred people who come to the United States illegally from becoming full citizens, but in interviews at the time, he said his proposal would not block those people from gaining some legal status in the country.

On Thursday, he said his amendment was actually meant to hurt the immigration bill, not support it.

“It’s called calling their bluff,” Cruz said. “I introduced an amendment that made anyone here illegally permanently ineligible for citizenship. That amendment called their bluff because it revealed that the proponents of the gang of eight were being hypocrites.”

Republican presidential candidate and Senator Ted Cruz (L) looks over at rival candidate Senator Marco Rubio (2nd R) after Pope Francis’ address before a joint meeting of the Congress in the House of Representatives Chamber on Capitol Hill in Washington September 24, 2015. REUTERS/James Lawler Duggan

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