by Javier ManjarresToday’s U.S. Senatorial debate hosted and televised by Univision was a respectful affair that had its share of memorable moments. The controversial “Dream Act” and the illegal immigration issue were both casting a large shadow over the afternoon debate. All three candidates stood their ground on their previously stated views on illegal immigration. Congressman Meek is completely for granting amnesty to illegals, against the AZ immigration law, and is in favor of the Dream Act. Governor Crist also supports a path to citizenship and is also against the Arizona immigration law. Crist also supports the Dream Act as well the manner in which the Democrats are trying to cram it down the American People’s throats.
” I support the Dream Act..support it being attached to the military bill.” – Charlie Crist
Rubio on the other hand, is completely against any form of Amnesty, is against the Dream Act, supports E-Verify and condemns Senate Leader Harry Reid for attaching it to a military appropriations bill just to help win an election. Rubio stated:
“It’s a cynical way to play politics with the lives of real people, Harry Reid and the Democrats have been in charge of the Senate for almost two years now,and they bring this up, in this manner in a defense bill, at the last second on the eve of an election because he wants to win an election in Nevada.”
But the real quote, and the pivotal moment of the debate, was when Rubio turned to Governor Crist and lambasted him for his flip-flopping and for being the consummate opportunist:
” Governor, I’ve got to point something out and I hope, and I am going to say this in the most respectful way possible, but I want to be blunt– Everybody sees what you’re doing here- everbody gets it. For twenty years you’ve run as a Republican-running on the same things that you now criticize me for. Four months ago you were running against me as a Republican and saying the things you now criticize me for. You only changed parties and did this Independent thing when you couldn’t win a Republican primary and now you wake up everyday and try to figure out what you can say or do to take votes away from Congressman Meek so more Democrats will vote for you. But Everybody sees it for what it is-everybody gets it. So I think we owe voters more respect than that because what is happening in this country is that they’re taking us in the wrong direction and if we stay on this road we are on right now we are going to lose everything that makes America special and the last thing we need in Washington are more political opportunists that are gonna go up there and basically be for whatever helped them get re-elected. Re-election and winning an election should not be the purpose of your public service- it should be a by-product of good public service.
***UPDATE*** 12:43 am Univision has just released the video clip http://univision23.univision.com/destino2010/senatorial-debate/video/2010-09-17/would-you-support-changing-the
Shark Tank Summary of the Debate:
Marco Rubio Wins. Meek, Strong Second, Charlie- Shark Chum.