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Rubio, Ryan Try to Salvage Immigration Reform on Talk Radio

June 22, 2013

Over the past week, Republican politicians fanned out across conservative talk radio shows seeking to sell the immigration reform package in the Senate, who in 2007 helped “sound the amnesty alarm,” to kill the immigration bill, as explained in Chapter 9 of The Right Frequency.

Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., and Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wisc., were the leading figures this week defending the bill.

Rubio told host Bill Bennett, “My goal here is not politics. I don’t believe that this is the salvation or the doom of the Republican Party. This is an issue that confronts our country, and it has to be solved because it’s bad for America. That’s why I’m involved in the issue.”

Rubio, a likely GOP presidential candidate in 2016, continued, “Now you mention legalization, I think there’s confusion. Permanent residency in the United States, a green card, that’s what permanent residency is. In this bill, that does not happen until there is an E-Verify system that is fully implemented, until there is an entry-exit system that is fully implemented, and until there is a border security plan that is fully implemented.”

Ryan, the 2012 Republican vice presidential nominee, hit both the Mark Levin and the Laura Ingraham programs this week to attempt to persuade the conservative listeners of both shows to back the bill. He did very little to win either host over.

“Not now but in the future we’re gonna have labor shortages,” Ryan told Ingraham. “Immigration in a decade or so can help us. That means we need to get an immigration system that works.”

Meanwhile, Rush Limbaugh told listeners there is a reason for the border enforcement amendments that appear likely to be accepted, even after the supporters of the bill previously rejected such language.

“There’s a reason all these amendments are being offered,” Limbaugh said. “They don’t have the votes yet.  They are trying to sweep up votes.  They are Hoovering votes. They are coming up with amendments to get Republicans that are on the fence.  But there are some Democrats that have to run for reelection 2014, and they know what their constituents are thinking about this.  So it’s hard every day.”

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Mark Levin Rallies Support for Sen. Orrin Hatch in Utah GOP Primary

May 26, 2012

Mark Levin, who as best selling author of Liberty & Tyranny and more recently of Ameritopia, has become a leading intellectual voice for conservatism, promoted the candidacy of Sen. Orrin Hatch, facing tea party opposition in the Utah GOP Senate primary. In 2010, Sen. Bob Bennett was defeated for the GOP nomination by tea party insurgent Mike Lee. So this race is being closely watched.

Levin, this week on his radio show with 7 million listeners per week, told his audience that Hatch has been there for conservatives and brought up the Bork SCOTUS hearing and the Thomas SCOTUS hearing.  He conceded that much like former Sen. Rick Santorum and others, Hatch made several unattractive votes supporting the big government Republicanism of George W. Bush.   But Levin made clear, Hatch was no Richard Lugar, the longtime Republican incumbent who lost his seat in the Indiana GOP primary.

“Orrin Hatch was the most reliable conservative Republican senator on the Senate Judiciary Committee, among other committees that Ronald Reagan could ever rely on,” Levin said. “And we are going to throw him out of office and claim it’s a Tea Party act when you can see in the last three years how he’s been voting, how he’s been fighting for the balanced-budget amendment and other things that we conservatives believe in since, frankly George [W.] Bush left office?”

Levin has established a unique brand of blending professorial monologues to educate with a strong dose of entertaining humor to grow an audience.  As The Right Frequency, available in August, explains, Levin is no sounding board for establishment candidates. In 2010, his program played a big role in candidates such as Marco Rubio of Florida and Rand Paul of Kentucky winning the Republican Senate nomination over the favorite candidates of the Republican party leaders. So his endorsement of Hatch is significant.

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