During an interview with Rush Limbaugh today, Sen. Marco Rubio R-Fla. outlined some of his ideas on immigration reform ahead of President Obama’s speech on the issue in Las Vegas.
Rubio explained that he was involved in the conversation about immigration reform because it was important to spread the message of conservatism to Hispanic Americans.
“I am confident, that given a fair chance, I can convince most Americans – including Americans of Hispanic decent that limited government and free enterprise is better for them and better for their upward mobility than big government is,” Rubio said, reminding Limbaugh that most Hispanics were choosing the American dream over foreign dictators.
Limbaugh was skeptical of the idea that Hispanics were illegally immigrating to America to participate in the American dream, citing a study that showed that they were more interested in programs offered to them by the federal government.
“Our argument for limited government is always harder to sell than a government program, it always has been,” Rubio admitted. “It’s easier to sell cotton candy than it is to sell broccoli to somebody – but the broccoli is better for you.”
Rubio added that the conservative argument was more “enduring, more permanent and better for the country.”