Sen. Marco Rubio’s immigration push might have hurt his chances of winning the GOP presidential nomination, Republican lawmakers say. [WATCH VIDEO]
While it’s still a long way until 2016, a number of GOP lawmakers in the House and Senate say Rubio (R-Fla.) will have to repair his standing with the conservative base if he hopes to be his party’s next candidate for president.
“There’s terrible disappointment with Marco Rubio specifically,” says Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), an opponent of the Senate immigration bill that Rubio helped write and pass. “I don’t think it’s going to help him anywhere.”
He’s a very important voice in our party. I’ve got the greatest respect for him. He’s got a bright future, but he’s going to get an awful lot of questions from an awful lot of people, and rightfully so. … It’s problematic for him.”
Rubio has slipped from leading in presidential polls of Republican voters to sitting in fourth to sixth place, depending on the survey. Polls in early-voting Iowa and other state-level surveys have reflected a similar pattern.
Read More at The Hill . By Cameron Joseph.