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Bill Kristol: Obama’s immigration announcement was his ‘anti-Marco Rubio initiative’

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Jeff Poor
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On this weekend’s broadcast of “Fox News Sunday,” Weekly Standard editor Bill Kristol gave his interpretation of what President Barack Obama was attempting to accomplish with his Friday announcement that there would be a shift in immigration policy by executive fiat.

Kristol suggested that Obama’s Friday Rose Garden speech was an effort to get out in front of Florida Republican Sen. Marco Rubio, who is widely rumored to be a likely candidate for the Republican vice presidential nomination, on the controversial DREAM Act.

“This was the anti-Marco Rubio initiative by this administration,” Kristol said. “They were scared. Sen. Rubio is about to introduce his version of a DREAM Act that would have been close to what Obama announced than the actual Democratic dream out that came out.”

Kristol went on to say that Rubio may have missed the opportunity to push his version of the DREAM Act, through no fault of his own.

“I wish Rubio had introduced it over the last month or two,” he said. “It got stalled. Not every Republicans was on board. The Romney campaign has been cautious about it. I slightly disagree with Karl [Rove]. I think this is a big problem for Romney and he needs to take the lead on this. In my view, raise Marco Rubio’s DREAM Act, if that is what he wants and let’s pass it in Congress. And this is what I am for.”

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