As Marco Rubio prepares to give the response to President Obama's State Of The Union next week, Republicans are pointing out that "The Republican Savior" will be giving his speech in both English and Spanish, while touting his so-called bipartisan outreach on immigration. This reminds me of the time he used a similar approach when he was running for his seat in the Senate in 2010.
Back then he needed to court the Hispanic vote from many who were not exactly fans.
At the time, he used a Spanish-only ad to muddy the waters on some of his own policies. It wasn't lost on those paying attention that while he made his appeal to Spanish speaking voters, he supported making English the official language of the U.S. There was, of course, no mention of that in the Spanish video.
That wasn't the only time he tried to play both sides of the fence with Hispanics and immigration policies. He was the Tea Party candidate from Florida, not the most immigration friendly bunch, to put it mildly, and part of the attraction was that Rubio didn't support the DREAM Act.
As we've seen in the last week or so, even though it "appears" that Rubio has changed his mind, those Tea Party supporters haven't changed theirs. Rubio is well aware of that too.
Then there was last year's CPAC, where Rubio's old pal, and former Rep., David Rivera was set to appear on an immigration panel with White Nationalists who were listed as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center. At the time, Rivera was quietly working on a "military only" version of the DREAM Act, which would provide a path to citizenship for young people, not college students, provided they serve in the military, saying. At the time, Rivera said "If somebody is willing to die for America, then certainly they deserve a chance at life in America."
At the same time, Rubio said he might be open to Rivera's "military only" path to citizenship.
Rubio has been all over the map with differing stances on immigration over the last couple of years. While he seeks to win over Hispanic voters in his response to President Obama, they would be wise to pay attention to his actions, and what he's done in the past, rather than just focus on what he says.
(Photo: Marco Rubio, U.S. Senate)