Monday, May 6, 2013

Cruz: Rubio and I agree on "overwhelming majority of issues"

Ted Cruz calls Rubio "one of the strongest leaders on the national scene" 

In a new interview, The Houston Chronicle presses Ted Cruz hard on his immigration split with Marco Rubio, but Cruz doesn't take the bait.

In fact, Cruz takes pains to stress his political kinship with Rubio and downplay any sort of rivalry. No need, of course, to pick premature intracandidate fights.

Q: Can you describe your relationship with Marco Rubio?

A: Marco Rubio is a good friend. And I think Marco Rubio is one of the strongest leaders on the national scene. I think he is a tremendously effective communicator and he understands in a first-hand way the incredible promise of liberty for expanding opportunity for all of us to achieve the American Dream.

Q: On what issues have you worked together?

A: Marco and I worked together standing alongside Sen. Rand Paul [of Kentucky] in his filibuster against the Obama administration’s drone policy. Marco and I worked together in opposing efforts to undermine our Second Amendment rights to keep and bear arms. We have worked together pressing to de-fund and repeal ObamaCare.

Q: You do have differences on some issues, like immigration.

A: In the few months I’ve been in the Senate, Marco and I have agreed on the overwhelming majority of issues that have come before the body.

Q: What about immigration?

A: Marco has worked very, very hard to tackle the very difficult problem of how to fix our broken immigration system. And I think he has worked in good faith in a sincere desire to craft a solution as to how to approach immigration.

The bill that has come out of the so-called Gang of Eight is 844 pages and there is much complexity that will still take time to analyze and understand how precisely that bill would operate.

In my opinion, there is considerable bipartisan agreement on many aspects of immigration reform. In particular, there is bipartisan agreement that we need to get serious about securing our border to fix the problem of illegal immigration.

Additionally I think there is significant bipartisan agreement that we need to improve and streamline legal immigration to reduce the paperwork, reduce the bureaucracy, to reduce the waiting period, and make it so that we can continue to be a nation that not only accepts but welcomes legal immigrants who come here to seek the American Dream.

Q: But you and Marco Rubio part ways on a pathway to citizenship.

A: I have serious concerns about any legislation that would create a pathway to citizenship for those who are here illegally. I think doing so is inconsistent with the rule of law and is profoundly unfair to the millions of legal immigrants who have followed the rules and waited in line for years — and sometimes decades — to come here legally.

Additionally, I think if President Obama and [Senate Majority Leader] Harry Reid insist upon a path to citizenship for those who are here illegally, that will make it far more likely that the whole immigration reform will collapse, and I think that would be very, very unfortunate.

Keep reading... every question in the interview revolves around either Rubio, immigration, or both.