You have to hand it to Republicans; they are a fearless bunch. They refuse to be intimidated by facts. They will stubbornly defend their statements no matter how patently false they may be.
In last night’s Fox News presidential debate, Ted Cruz was confronted with a video showing his support for a pathway to legalization of undocumented immigrants. This video was from very early in his political career. But now, in a deliberate and dishonest effort, he maintains he never held such a position.
It doesn’t seem to matter to Cruz that the amendment to the immigration bill calling for legalization (i.e. legal status as opposed to citizenship) was his own! He maintains his amendment was meant to be a “poison pill” designed to kill the immigration bill.
But this is what Cruz is seen saying in the video:
“I don’t want immigration reform to fail. I want immigration reform to pass. I believe if this amendment were to pass, the chances of this bill passing into law would increase dramatically. … I believe if the amendments I introduced were adopted that the bill would pass and my effort in introducing them was to find a solution that reflected common ground and that fixed the problem. … If the proponents of this bill actually demonstrate a commitment not to politics, not to campaigning all the time, but to actually fixing this problem, to finding a middle ground—that would fix the problem and also allow for those 11 million people who are here illegally a legal status with citizenship off the table.”
Of course, Ted Cruz is not the only Republican candidate who is trying to walk away from policy positions he once advocated and championed. For Marco Rubio, his current anti-amnesty position flies in the face of his having co-sponsored the Senate immigration bill calling for a pathway to citizenship.
It was extremely satisfying to see Fox News play old clips of both Cruz and Rubio making statements that directly contradict their current claims. But it is doubtful such lying (flip-floppery) will make any difference to the loyal Republican voters who support the two amigos. For in the GOP world these days, facts or anything that even smacks of truth, are just part of a large liberal media conspiracy.
For Republicans, it is: are you going to believe me or your lying ears and eyes? Just pay no attention to the man behind the curtain.
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