Rand Paul: Jeb Bush could have been ‘more artful’ with immigration comment

April 13, 2014

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) said in an interview broadcast Sunday that former Florida governor Jeb Bush (R) could have presented his recent argument on immigration differently, but declined to malign him.

"You know, I think he might have been more artful, maybe, in the way he presented this," Paul said in an interview with ABC News broadcast on "This Week With George Stephanopoulos." "But I don't want to say, 'Oh, he's terrible for saying this.' If it were me, what I would have said is, people who seek the American dream are not bad people."

Bush recently said many illegal immigrants come to the United States out of an "act of love" for their families.

"Here's what I'd finish up with," Paul continued. "They are not bad people. However, we can't invite the whole world. When you say they're doing an act of love and you don't follow it up with, but we have to control the border, people think, well because they're doing this for kind reasons that the whole world can come to our country."

Sean Sullivan has covered national politics for The Washington Post since 2012.
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