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Marco Rubio Leaves GOP, Joins Party of Stupid - Or Does He?

ABC anchor George Stephanopoulos and Senator Marco Rubio

Things just keep getting worse for Senator Marco Rubio and his nascent presidential campaign.

Rubio’s performance in answering a fairly straightforward question from Fox News’ Chris Wallace about American involvement in the Mid-East – was it a mistake to go into Iraq in 2003 – was painful to watch and listen to.

But where Rubio really lost it last week was in an interview with the Marietta Daily Journal in Marietta, Georgia. Our friends at the Washington Examiner brought this gem to our attention and it is so strongly probative of the reasons conservatives should oppose the Rubio candidacy for president that we wanted to share it with CHQ readers.

It turns out that, as our friend Eddie Scarry of the Examiner put it, "embattled ABC News anchor George Stephanopoulos has a friend in Republican presidential candidate Sen. Marco Rubio."

"I feel that George Stephanopoulos has been fair to us in the past," Rubio told the Marietta Daily Journal, a Georgia newspaper. "I personally have never had a negative interaction with him or the feeling that he's asked me anything unfair or improper. That said, obviously, we know what we know and it does cause questions, but I personally have never had any reason to question his ability to be an effective journalist in the times I've interacted with him."

This is interesting and illustrative of the problems with the Rubio candidacy for a couple of reasons; first is the obvious, which is just because Stephanopoulos has been on his good behavior a time or two with Rubio doesn’t mean he is unbiased against conservatives and Republicans in general.

It is axiomatic in politics that the establishment media will promote the most liberal electable Republican during the primaries and then turn on that candidate in the Fall once the GOP nomination has been secured.

Secondly, and more importantly, what is it that Rubio and Stephanopoulos have talked about in past interviews?

The main topic of several of Rubio’s past interviews with Stephanopoulos has been – you guessed it – comprehensive immigration reform.

As one of the chief architects, and certainly the chief spokesman, for the hated Gang of Eight comprehensive immigration reform bill to give billions of taxpayer dollars to Left-wing race-based Hispanic groups like La Raza and grant amnesty to millions of illegal aliens, which Rubio helped guide through the Senate, Senator Rubio was interviewed by George Stephanopoulos on several occasions.

The Gang of Eight bill – which despite Rubio’s repeated claims that it was not amnesty – included a path to citizenship for illegal aliens received favorable treatment from Stephanopoulos in his interviews with Rubio and with New York Senator Charles Schumer, the Democrat’s chief advocate of the bill.

And less than a month ago Stephanopoulos gave Rubio a rare pre-announcement interview to help tee-up the announcement of his presidential campaign in which he was particularly generous to Rubio on the issue of “comprehensive immigration reform,” allowing Rubio to do his best to rehabilitate himself from his disastrous advocacy of the hated Gang of Eight bill. (click here for a transcript)

In his book TAKEOVER, CHQ Chairman Richard A. Viguerie asked the question, “What would make Republican candidates for President agree to a debate moderated by George Stephanopoulos, the former press secretary of a Democratic president, or the likes of CNN’s notoriously liberal host Anderson Cooper?”

Mr. Viguerie’s answer was “besides rank stupidity, it is hard to think of a reason.”

In Chapter 18 of TAKEOVER, “THE PARTY OF STUPID PUTS THE MEDIA IN CHARGE OF THEIR DEBATES,” Viguerie cites a few examples from the 2012 election that illustrate how the primary debates, managed in a major way by George Stephanopoulos,  helped launch the Democrats’ “war on women” narrative they use against Republicans to this day, how their questions helped solidify Mitt Romney as the Republican nominee, and how the media then turned on Romney to help resuscitate Obama after his abysmal performance in the first general election debate.

On January 7, 2012, ABC News, Internet giant Yahoo! and WMUR-TV hosted a New Hampshire Republican presidential primary debate; the media panel consisted of Diane Sawyer of ABC News, Josh McElveen of WMUR-TV, and former Clinton campaign operative and White House press secretary George Stephanopoulos.

Not long into the debate, George Stephanopoulos bizarrely pressed former governor Mitt Romney on whether he believed the US Supreme Court should overturn a 1965 ruling that a constitutional right to privacy bars states from banning contraception—the Griswald v. Connecticut case. Here’s the exchange according to the transcript of the debate:

GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS: Governor Romney, I want to go straight to you. Senator Santorum has been very clear in his belief that the Supreme Court was wrong when it decided that a right to privacy was embedded in the Constitution. And following from that, he believes that states have the right to ban contraception. Now, I should add that he’s said that he’s not recommending that states do that. [Santorum tries to jump in but is inaudible] Well, I’ll, I’ll, absolutely, I’m giving you your due.

Persisting, Stephanopoulos later said: “But I do want to get that core question. Governor Romney, do you believe that states have the right to ban contraception? Or is that trumped by a constitutional right to privacy?”

As Brad Wilmouth of the Media Research Center so accurately characterized it, Romney was “befuddled by the off the wall nature of the question on such an issue that is not on any state’s legislative agenda, eventually observed that it was a ‘silly thing’ for the ABC co-moderator to ask such an irrelevant question.”

But Stephanopoulos was not to be deterred and kept after Romney with an odd persistence that prolonged the discussion with Romney for more than three and a half minutes. Only after Stephanopoulos’s hectoring of Romney inspired a number of boos from the audience were Ron Paul and Rick Santorum allowed an opportunity to speak.

Senator Rubio’s comments to the Marietta Daily Journal provide us with another possibility of why Senator Rubio is being so generous to George Stephanopoulos: Maybe Rubio is not so dumb after all.

Stephanopoulos shares Rubio’s support for amnesty for illegal aliens and the Gang of Eight’s approach to “comprehensive immigration reform” and Rubio likes him because he knows Stephanopoulos would be only too happy to put his thumb on the scale for Rubio on the issue of amnesty for illegal aliens the same way he set-up the Democrats’ war on women campaign in 2012.

Click the link to read Eddie Scarry's article "Rubio on Stephanopoulos: 'Never had any reason to question his credibility'" in the Washington Examiner.

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Illegal aliens

No matter how you say it, Rubio is pro amnesty, pro increased legal immigration and pro illegal aliens. He championed the Gang of Eight bill that died in the House. It was an abomination and skewered the legal constituents of this country in favor of the illegal alien masses and more legal immigrants to flood the already on life support jobs market.

Don't make the mistake of believing the stats this administration is pushing on the public. They do lie and everyone should have figured out by now that anything they say is slanted, biased or just plain made up. All you have to do is look around you to verify the truth of anything saying the job market or economy in general is improving or great, NOT! Business are closing their doors and the middle class is shrinking drastically. Jobs are part time, lower pay or just non existent.

Problem for this administration and this congress is the middle class has been the cash cow running the economy for decades. They are killing their goose that lays the golden eggs and are too dumb to figure it out. The rich and financial crooks are not going to pay enough in taxes, etc. to even keep all the lights in DC on let alone feed, cloth and educate these extra illegal aliens joining the welfare lines including the legal constituents who can't find work that will support them as it had in the past.