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Axelrod: Marco Rubio VP pick would be "an insult to the Hispanic community."

David Axelrod, President Obama's top political strategist, said Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney would be "insulting" Hispanics if he picked Sen. Marco Rubio as a running mateif the pick was intended to win more Latino support.

In the interview with Univision TV's Jorge Ramos, Axelrod also played defenseover the failure of President Obama to pass an immigrant friendly law called the DREAM ACT.

Axelrod blamed Republicans for the DREAM Act failure. And he said Hispanics would know that Romney opposes the bill and that Rubio wouldn't be much help to him.

"I think it would be an insult to the Hispanic community to choose Senator Rubio if the thinks that that is somehow — if Governor Romney thinks that's sort of a get-out-of-jail-free card for all of the things and the positions that he's taken," Axelrod said.

"I don't think Marco Rubio will exonerate Governor Romney for the very very extreme positions that he's taken on immigration," Axelrod said.

A transcript of the exchange over immigration.

JR: Let me ask you about immigration now. Do you think that President Barack Obama has a Hispanic problem? He broke a major campaign promise. He said that he was going to present an immigration bill. He didn't. He has deported more immigrants than any other president of the United States. Why should Latinos vote for him again if he didn't keep his promise the first time?

DA: Well, let's be clear about the history here. The reason that we -- I was in the room, Jorge, when the President called together all of those who had worked on immigration reform in the past in his first year as president and he said, I will lock arms with you, Republicans and Democrats, to pass this bill. In that room were many of the people who were among the 11 who supported comprehensive immigration reform under President Bush, but not one of them was willing to step forward and say, we will work with you on this bill, because it was the policy of the Republican party to pander to the nativist vote within their party and they... 

JR: But he said he was going to present an immigration bill.

DA: ... they would not... Jorge, the challenge... 

JR: He promised. I mean, you know that he promised that....

DA: ...the challenge is: are you going to pass a bill? We put the Dream Act forward. We got 53 Democratic votes for that, more than ever before, but we couldn't get but three Republican votes. We couldn't get the 60 votes we needed because on mass the Republican Party walked away from it. We are still working to get those done, and I think when the President wins in November it's going to send a strong message to those within the Republican party who think an anti-immigrant position is the right position for this country. I think there are a lot of folks in the Republican Party who actually know better, but they are bridled by their leadership, who go the other way. And Jorge, let's understand, this is going to be a choice between a President who is pushing for these things and a man and governor, Romney, who has Kris Kobach as his chief immigration advisor who sought the endorsement of Sherriff Arpaio and embraces him, who's vetoed the Dream Act and said he would do it again, who opposes comprehensive immigration reform. So anyone who votes on this issue and believes that that is the right direction I think is making a big mistake.

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Suzette

Axelrod is a Pig - and an insult to real humans on Earth.

Jane Jane

Axelrod is a stupid man to make this comment and it is racist. I take offence to it and he should just appolize to Marc Rubio and retire, they ( Obama group )are not going to win America deserves better and the American people will see that it gets it this November.

Kathy

David Axelrod is a very dangerous man, just as dangerous as Barrack Obama. Read the book, The Destroyer, by David Limbaugh. They want to ruin this great country with their socialist ideas. If we have four more years of this President and his goons, America, for all its cracks, will be destroyed as we know it. Marco Rubio would be a great choice for VP and future President. We've tried Obama's Hope and change and what a failure. Please wake up America and fight for our country!!

Country Girl

Bill

David Axelrod will turn out to be the best thing that happened to both Republicans in general and specifically Mitt Romney in the fall election.
Every time he speaks, more and more folks reject the divisive nature of Barack Obama and him campaign.
Alexrod is insulting, crude and dismissive.
He deserves our disdain and scorn.

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