Sen. Marco Rubio isn't taking sides before Florida's GOP primary next week, but he is calling out former House Speaker Newt Gingrich for his Spanish-language radio ad that calls Gov. Mitt Romney anti-immigrant. During a debate on Monday night, Romney said his plan to deal with 11 million illegal aliens currently living in the U.S. centers around "self-deportation". He has consistently said that if you have a national employment verification system that keeps illegal aliens from getting jobs, they'll return to their home countries.
"This kind of language is more than just unfortunate. It’s inaccurate, inflammatory, and doesn’t belong in this campaign," Rubio told The Miami Herald when asked about the ad. "The truth is that neither of these two men is anti-immigrant. ... Both are pro-legal immigration and both have positive messages that play well in the Hispanic community."
Gingrich was also asked about his position on the DREAM Act during Monday's debate. Gingrich said he supported the provision in the bill that allows illegal aliens who join the military to receive an amnesty. Romney has repeatedly said he would veto the bill if elected president, but made a point during the debate to note that he supports the military provision as well.
For more on this story, see The Miami Herald.
Updated: Wed, Jan 25th 2012 @ 12:25pm EST