Limbaugh: Chuck Schumer and Gang of Eight Took Marco Rubio out Years Ago
RUSH: "The left, the happiest thing for them yesterday was Rubio losing because they really believe that Rubio was the one problem Hillary had. I think they’re wrong. But that’s what they think. They think Rubio would have given her the big, ’cause he’s young, he’s energetic, because he’s got the policy down pat. He’s the antithesis of her and they’re happy that Rubio’s out. But that speech he gave last night, anybody want to try to tell me that he’s not a conservative, I’m sorry, you’re talking to a brick wall in me because that just isn’t the case. That speech last night was just — folks, I sat there watching that speech. And it’s not uncommon. The exit speech is often the best speech of a candidate’s campaign. But this was better than even that. This would have been a great introductory speech opening the campaign. It was that good. I couldn’t tell if it was on a teleprompter or not. Doesn’t matter. I know it came from his heart. I know, “What about Gang of Eight?” Exactly right. Exactly right. If not for that — let me ask you a question. The way he handled the Gang of Eight, he botched that. What if he would have just said, “You know what? I’m sorry. I was new in the Senate, and –” whatever he says, “– I got sucked in by these guys or I thought I could really help or change ’em. I thought I could guide. I really, really blew it, I’m really, really sorry,” instead of trying to make the case for it over and over again the way he did. Do you think an apology would have mollified some of the opposition to him? ‘Cause I’m gonna tell you what I think. I gotta take a break. Look at the clock. Don’t worry. Not a tease. Will not lose my train of thought. I think Chuck Schumer took Marco Rubio out years ago. It didn’t happen in this campaign. Schumer and the Gang of Eight Democrats took him out. I know it’s ultimately his responsibility, don’t misunderstand, but that’s where we trace this back."
RUSH: "Yeah, I think Senator Rubio continuing to maintain that he did not regret his support for the Gang of Eight is the culprit here, which ultimately makes him the culprit. Now, I don’t doubt that Schumer and his gang wanted the bill passed and I have no doubt that they thought Rubio would help them get it passed, and so forth, but, man, you stop and think if not. Rubio’s story, his campaign, everything would be tremendously different. It’s impossible to know what differences manifest themselves, but he never had a prayer.
I mean, you want to find out how important that issue is to people, you want to find out how important the perception that Washington betrays Republican voters, you want to find out how solid and sticky that is, you look at what happened to Marco Rubio. I don’t know that he could have extricated himself even if he had apologized for it, it’s that big a deal. And that one thing, if not for that. So it’s sad, because that speech that he gave last night I think gave us a great idea who he actually really is."