Jan 24 2021
Miami, FL — U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) joined Fox News Sunday with Chris Wallace to discuss impeachment, President Joe Biden’s immigration plans, and the future of the Republican Party. See below for highlights and watch the video here.
On the impending impeachment trial in the Senate:
“First of all I think the trial is stupid. I think it’s counter productive. We already have a flaming fire in this country and it’s like taking a bunch of gasoline and pouring it on top of the fire. Second, when I look back at time, for example Richard Nixon who had clearly committed crimes and wrongdoing, I think we would all agree President Ford's pardon was important for the country to be able to move forward and history held Richard Nixon quite accountable for what he did as a result.
“In terms of the rules, I think the president is entitled to due process. I think he's entitled to a defense. I think he’s entitled to testimony and evidence if necessary. The House doesn't have much of a record of witnesses and so forth because they, frankly, rammed it through really quickly. I think obviously fairness is important no matter who it is we’re talking about … I think this is going to be really bad for the country… Not only is this going to keep us from focusing on really important things, but it’s also just going to stir it up even more and make it harder to get things done moving forward.
“I think the president bears responsibility for some of what happened. It was most certainly a foreseeable consequence of everything that was going on and I think that's widely understood and maybe even better understood with the perspective of time. I think that's separate from the notion of let's revisit this all and stir it up again. The stories are still going to be written — there are criminal justice investigations that are going to continue to move forward…
“We have really important things to work on — [if] you want to really bring the country together and remember once again how we can get things done, it isn't by uniformity on all the issues, it's about working through a process that allows people with different points of view to debate all that and get to a solution for the country. We are going to jump right back into what we've been going through for the last five years and stirring it up again with the trial and it's just going to be bad for the country, it really is.”
On voting to end the impeachment trial:
“The first chance I get to vote to end this trial, I’ll do it because I think it’s really bad for America.”
On preventing Donald Trump from running for office again:
“I think that's an arrogant statement for anyone to make. Voters get to decide that. Who are we to tell voters who they can vote for in the future?”
On President Joe Biden’s call for unity:
“Unity and ideology are two separate things. Unity does not mean uniformity. That's ridiculous. We are a country that the elections prove it, the 50/50 split in the Senate proves we've got people with very different opinions and we settled that argument through a process in our republic in which we elect people to have debates and try to find a way to move forward.
“That's separate from portraying yourself as a centrist, but the first thing you do is get thousands of people fired at the stroke of a pen by ending the Keystone Pipeline, jump on the issue of gender when it comes to sports and who can use what bathrooms, and an immigration order that I think could be read ... to say that someone who committed a very serious crime, has raped or sexually abused a minor, as long as they were released from prison before the 19th of January, they're not a priority for deportation. Those are not centrist ideas.
“Now, I understand Joe Biden comes from the left of center. I understand all that. But this is — some of these are far left of center ideas. So my point in that tweet was, he may use the language, the rhetoric, even the demeanor of a centrist, but so far his policies don't seem to represent that.”
On President Joe Biden’s immigration proposal as blanket amnesty:
“[President Joe Biden] is talking almost entirely about what to do with people who are here in unlawful status, of which I think the majority of Americans believe we need to do something. But you can only do something after you’ve gotten in place immigration reforms that allow you to secure the border and stop illegal immigration. … Not to mention that back in 2013 we were not in the midst of a pandemic, which I think should be the number one focus outside of national security.”
On the future of the Republican Party:
“The GOP is the Party that nominated Donald Trump and the reason why it did — and ultimately got him elected and then got 75 million votes— is because you have tens of millions of Americans that feel this economy isn’t working for people like them; that feel socially displaced, even like strangers in their own country; and who believe that both of the parties, at least traditionally, and all of politics doesn’t understand or care about any of this.
“Donald Trump did not create those things. He got elected because of those things. He got 75 million votes because of those things. And those factors and those feelings that are out there among tens of millions of Americans didn’t leave when he left on Wednesday. They are still there.
“And that’s what I hope we’ll be a party of. Now I hope we can do it in a way that keeps the people who believe we are fighting for them and brings back some of the people perhaps who didn't’ vote for Republicans or didn’t vote for [Trump] because they may not like the way it was said or the way it was done. I think that’s quite possible. And I think that’s the future of the Republican Party, because frankly, on that, I think depends the future of the country.”
On his record as United States Senator:
“I am very proud of our record. I would point to the last four years – working with President Trump and the White House – and I can tell you that it's probably been the most productive four-year period of any U.S. Senator from Florida in modern history. The list is long and extensive. I have gotten more done as much as anybody in the U.S. Senate. One of the bills that President Trump brags about the most is the VA accountability bill. That was my bill, and fortunately when he was elected we were able to get it done. The child tax credit that we got expanded. The [Paycheck Protection Program] that saved tens of millions of jobs across the country.”