Friday, March 8, 2013

Jeb Bush: Rubio wasn't for citizenship when I wrote the book

Jeb Bush, explaining to Michael Gerson why his erstwhile forward-looking immigration plan sounds somewhat outdated now (i.e. no path to citizenship for illegal immigrants).

"The book was written last year in a certain environment. The goal was to persuade people against immigration reform to be for it. Since that time, eight of 100 senators have moved, and not much in the House. ... When we were working on this, Marco Rubio wasn't for a path to citizenship."

If you remember, Jeb stops short of suggesting a pathway to citizenship in the book, while Rubio and the Gang of Eight's proposal goes there.

Without context, it's hard to know if Jeb's comment is a jab at Rubio for allegedly flip-flopping. It could be that Gerson asked specifically about Rubio as opposed to Lindsey Graham or John McCain.

Whatever the context, though, it's clear that Jeb is now somewhere near the middle of the line and not at the front of the line in the party's immigration shift.

[Photo: Education News]