Perhaps Marco Rubio's biggest flaws is his tendency to remain "open" to just about any right wing nonsense. He's the kind of guy whose flirted with the Birther movement before, and he refuses to take a position on exactly how old the Earth is. He wants to portray himself as a principled politician who will stand up for what he believes in, unless, of course, those beliefs might piss off conservatives.
So it's really no surprise that he says today he's open to the idea of cutting off all student visas from Muslim countries.
After the Boston bombing, Fox News contributor Bob Beckel (a guy who the channel holds up as one of its few liberal voices, but is generally deplored on the left for numerous controversial statement) floated the idea.
"I think we really have to consider, given the fact so many people hate us, that we're going to have to cut off Muslim students coming to this country for some period of time so that we can absorb what we've got and look at what we've got and decide whether some of the people here should be going -- be sent home or sent to prison," Beckel said on Fox News program The Five.
Unsurprisingly the idea has found some support in conservative circles, so much so that Rubio was asked for his opinion of the idea last night by Neil Cavuto while he was making a Fox News appearance.
"We need to be open to changes that provide more security," Rubio said according to Raw Story. "I don't like profiling anybody or singling or generally leading, on the other hand student visas are something this country does because it's in our national interest but you don't have a right to a student visa."
"I'm not prepared to take a firm position on restriction. I want to learn about what might have worked to prevent past attacks."
Classic Rubio. He's not signing off on the idea, but you know, he's "open" to it.
What is lost in the idea: The Tsarnaevs didn't come to America from a "Muslim country" on student visas. The immigrated here more than a decade ago from Russia as refugees.
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