Rubio on Daily Show: immigration ‘over-simplified by both sides’

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In an appearance on ‘The Daily Show’ with Jon Stewart Monday night, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio addressed immigration issues and the divisiveness of politics.

Rubio, a Cuban-American from Miami, said the immigration issue is “over-simplified by both sides.”

Rubio expressed sympathy with immigrants, who he said “are here because they’re looking for a better life.” He also told Stewart illegal immigrants are “doing what we would do” to provide for their families.

However, Rubio, who is often mentioned as a possible running mate for presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney, also admitted he does not have all of the answers.

When asked about President Barack Obama, Rubio said the President squandered “an opportunity he had to elevate many of these issue.” According to Rubio, Obama has “become like everyone else in Washington, and he had a chance to be different.”

Stewart blamed some of the gridlock and divisiveness in politics today on the prolific use of the filibuster by the Republican minority in the Senate. Rubio replied that the filibuster is the “only tool the minority has in this system to protect itself,” and that it is very “Senate-y-ish.”

Rubio was on the show promoting his new memoir ‘An American Son’.

The extended version of the interview can be seen here.

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