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Marco Rubio disses Jesse's "apartheid" comment, stays mum on King's DREAMers-drug-mules line


Immigration? What immigration? Steve King who, what? Cantaloupes?

Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, who saw great press turn sour in his push for immigration reform, has been avoiding the issue ever since his outreach to the far right didn't pay the dividends that his backers hoped. Rubio also shies away from immigration these days because he spoke about the topic at great length, doesn't want to seem uni-dimensional and wants to give the House room to work.

He's all about fighting Obamacare all the time.


Rubio is re-earning his post as a darling to the conservative elite amid a series of Obamacare-centric softball interviews by the likes FOX personalities like Sean Hannity and Neil Cavuto, neither of whom asked about Florida's abysmally high rate of the uninsured (the nation's third worst) during Rubio's stint as Florida House speaker.

But Cavuto made sure to ask Rubio about the outrageous comments by the Rev. Jesse Jackson, who compared Florida to an "apartheid" state and said the fight to repeal the Stand Your Ground law was the "Selma of our time."

Rubio was happy to go off-topic:

“I think Jesse Jackson unfortunately has a long history of making outrageous comments and the only thing sadder than those comments is the fact that people still pay attention to some of them.. I think…people that live in Florida or have visited Florida know how outrageous those comments are.”

Hmmm, speaking of outrageous comments, there's one by someone who works a little closer to Rubio in Washington, Iowa U.S. Rep. Steve King, who said something pretty inflammatory about a topic closer to Rubio's neighbors in Miami-Dade, illegal immigrant kids who want to further their education.

"For everyone who's a valedictorian, there's another 100 out there that weigh 130 pounds and they’ve got calves the size of cantaloupes because they're hauling 75 pounds of marijuana across the desert," King said recently.

Along with House Speaker John Boehner and the GOP leadership, the Republican House members from Miami, Mario Diaz-Balart and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (whose campaign Rubio first worked on as a young man), denounced the comments. So did Miami Democratic U.S. Rep. Joe Garcia (more here).

So what's Rubio think?