The willingness of Sen. Marco Rubio to work across the aisle on immigration reform isn’t helping him out with GOP voters, a new poll shows.
Mr. Rubio is viewed favorably by 58 percent of Republican voters, according to new numbers from Rasmussen, but that figure has dropped 10 points from last month and 15 points since February.
The name of the Florida Republican, thought to be one of the party’s rising stars and a potential 2016 GOP presidential nominee, actually elicited boos at a rally hosted last week by Rep. Steve King, Iowa Republican, to protest immigration reform.
Mr. Rubio has methodically explained his reasoning for supporting comprehensive immigration reform to prominent conservative figures like Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity in an attempt to fend off his right flank, but the passion the issue ignites among the conservative base arguably leaves him in an awkward position.
Senators voted Monday to add 20,000 more Border Patrol agents to the southwestern border and require a total of 700 miles of fencing within a decade, clearing the way for the broad immigration bill to pass the chamber this week.
In an interview with Fox News’ Greta Van Susteren that aired Monday, Mr. Rubio said the bill before the Senate has things conservatives have been asking for years.
“Here is the way I view it. For years, even before I came here, when I would talk to people about immigration, they would say to me, ‘Let’s finish the fence, let’s build a border fence where it is needed,’ ” Mr. Rubio said. “This bill regulates that, it mandates that, and it funds it so a future Congress can’t come and cut the money. People used to say to me, ‘We need an E-Verify system that works.’ This bill does that. It says, ‘We need border patrol agents.’ This bill does that. It says, ‘We need more technology on the border and we should require specific technology, don’t leave it to the Department of Homeland Security to decide. Put it in the bill.’ This bill does that.”