Citing his father's illness, Republican Senate candidate Marco Rubio postponed a highly anticipated appearance today on Univision's popular WQBA-1140 AM show from 4 to 5 p.m. hosted by Roberto Rodriguez Tejera.
Rubio was slated to face questions from a panel of respected journalists, including Bernadette Pardo, Helen Aguirre Ferre, and Manny Garcia of The Miami Herald's sister publication, El Nuevo.
Tejera said he planned to ask Rubio about the new Arizona crackdown on illegal immigration and about his friend David Rivera's relationship to a businessman who facilitates trade with Cuba.
Rubio seems to be trying to have it both ways when it comes to President Obama's lawsuit against Arizona -- he criticizes the Democratic administration, even though he agrees with its argument that immigration is a federal, not state problem. Rubio said in Jacksonville yesterday that the lawsuit is "waste of resources. They should be focused on jailing terrorists and going after criminals and not suing a state that's undertaken the constitutional right it has under the 10th Amendment to protect its citizens. As I've said repeatedly, I believe that immigration is best dealt with at the federal level but that states like Arizona, who are faced with a crisis at the border because of federal inaction and the federal government's inability to do its job, they have an obligation and a right to take steps like this."
In fact, the FBI says the rate of violent crime at the border is going down. Story here.
As for state Rep. David Rivera, he's under fire from his congressional rivals for attacking opponents of the Cuban embargo while being close friends with Ariel Pereda, who facilitates trade with Cuba. Rubio's campaign manager, Jose Mallea, and Pereda were the sole registered lobbyists for a company called PM Strategies in 2007. Pereda's lawyer, Nelson Diaz, was Rubio's top aide when he was House Speaker.
A new Rasmussen Reports poll found Rubio with 36 percent of the vote, compared to 34 percent for Gov. Charlie Crist and 15 percent for U.S. Rep. Kendrick Meek.