Fox News host Bill O’Reilly wanted to know what Republican presidential candidate Sen. Marco Rubio plans to do about illegal immigration.
But after Rubio’s appearance Monday on The O’Reilly Factor, the headlines weren’t reporting on Rubio’s plans to deal with the issue. Instead, the reviews went something like this:
“‘Marco Roboto’ short circuits again, repeats line 8 times,” said WND.
“Marco ‘Robot’ Rubio suffered a glitch Monday on The O’Reilly Factor,” said the Gateway Pundit.
“Marco Rubio Short Circuits Again, Repeats Himself 8 Times,” wrote Young Conservatives.
What the press was referring to was a 10-minute segment when Rubio used the phrase “the American people” eight times.
“I’m interested in your vision, OK?,” O’Reilly asked. “Your vision is to deal with illegal aliens here who have broken our laws how? What will you try to sell the voters?”
“I don’t believe the American people support some sort of militaristic round-up of individuals, and I don’t think you could carry it out,” Rubio said. “The sort of tactics it would required would offend the American people.”
He added, “If we prove to the American people that illegal immigration is finally under control, I think the American people will respond in a very rational, reasonable and responsible way.”
They then discussed a hypothetical example. Rubio again invoked “the American people” in his reply.
“Alright, you’re not going to give me your vision,” O’Reilly said.
“No, I’m going to give it to you. I’m going to give it to you, Bill,” Rubio said.
“OK, go,” O’Reilly said.
Rubio then discussed a plan to allow illegal immigrants a path to obtain work permits that would allow them to legally remain in the United States, but noted, “It does depend on what the American people will support.”
h/t: The Gateway Pundit