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‘16 from 30,000
The 2016 immigration fight we’d all been expecting has finally exploded into the open, with Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz taking direct shots at each other over their respective roles in the 2013 Gang of Eight immigration reform saga. Part of the fight centers around Cruz’s sponsorship of an amendment that would have nixed the bill’s citizenship proposal but okayed legal status for some undocumented immigrants, a provision Cruz says was a poison pill designed to sink the entire reform bill. There’s been plenty of smart reporting done about what the amendment really meant and who’s right in the back-and-forth between the two candidates, but it all seems to come down to these two questions: Is Rubio simply on the wrong side of his party with his relatively modest immigration stance? And can Cruz explain his 2013 motivations without looking like he was just another politician playing Washington’s games? The specifics are very complicated here, but the scorecard might end up looking pretty simple depending on how those two questions play out.
POPPING ON NBC POLITICS
- Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz continued their feud over immigration on Thursday, with each accusing the other of intentionally misrepresenting their past views on how to handle undocumented immigrants currently in the U.S.
- Presidential candidate Ben Carson is cancelling a planned trip to Africa, citing security issues, NBC’s Chris Jansing reports.
- And it’s official! The New Hampshire presidential primary will be held on February 9, maintaining the state's first-primary-in-the-nation status and making the entire 2016 primary calendar now formally set, NBC’s Kailani Koenig reports.
- Russian President Vladimir Putin praised Donald Trump as "talented" and the “absolute leader” in the GOP race for the White House.
FOR THE RECORD…
“I seen ya on the debate on TV and I said, ‘Man, I gotta see this guy up close.’”
Woman in Iowa who told Marco Rubio he is the best looking 2016 candidate.
CAMPAIGN QUICK READ OF THE DAY
The Atlantic asks why billionaire Republican donor Sheldon Adelson bought the Las Vegas Review-Journal.
Ted Cruz continues his “Fly-Around” Super Tuesday tour with stops in Virginia and Georgia.
Marco Rubio campaigns in Iowa and Missouri.
Ben Carson also continues to campaign in Iowa.