Rubio begins conservative talk radio charm offensive

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On Wednesday, Marco Rubio called in to one of the most popular talk shows, the Mark Levin Show. … Levin was soft-spoken and receptive. He was perhaps a bit skeptical as Rubio explained, in a good amount of detail, his immigration reform ideas. But he did not rip the senator. … ‘You know this is very fascinating to me,’ Levin told Rubio at the end of their 10-minute interview. ‘I am going to take a much closer look at this and I am going to try to keep an open mind about it.’ After Rubio got off the phone, Levin was even more laudatory of the senator. … ‘We have de facto amnesty right now. When he said it, it set a light bulb off. Maybe I am a little slow. I said, “Well he’s right, we do have de facto amnesty.” … Rubio is heading off criticism by making the effort to talk to the loudest and most influential voices who have traditionally used the ‘amnesty’ label as a sledgehammer to halt any Republican efforts on immigration reform. …

The new construct will be that President Obama and Harry Reid, if they don’t agree with Rubio’s ideas on immigration reform, just want to retain ‘amnesty.’ This is a significant shift, if Levin warms to it and the rest of talk radio follows suit. … This is forward motion, not gridlock.

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