Rubio Unrepentant in Iowa: Gang of Eight ‘Best We Could Get’

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With just one day left before the Iowa Caucus, donor-class favorite Marco Rubio remains unwilling to repudiate the 2013 Gang of Eight immigration bill, which conservative icon Phyllis Schlafly has described as “anti-American” and “dangerous.” In a Sunday morning interview, Meet The Press host Chuck Todd pressed Rubio specifically on why he won’t “repudiate” his 2013 immigration expansion bill, which he co-authored with Democratic Sen. Chuck Schumer. Instead of rejecting the bill’s policies, Rubio defended proposal, which would have tripled green card dispensations, doubled foreign workers visa-issuances, granted amnesty to the illegal immigrant population and gutted interior enforcement. Rubio explained that his La Raza-backed bill was “the best that could be done” at the time to “fix our immigration laws.” The Gang of Eight was a bill that was, that was dealt with three years ago. It was an effort to fix our immigration laws. It was the best that could be done in a Senate that was controlled by [Democratic Sen.] Harry Reid at the time. And then the hope was that the House would take it up and make it better. But it was a way to start that. Rubio did not explain why a bill supported unanimously by