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Rubio appeals to GOP ‘common sense’ on immigration

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) covered several topics with the National Journal's Major Garrett in his session at the Washington Ideas Forum hosted by The Atlantic in Washington on Thursday.

But his comments on immigration spurred the lengthiest discussion and the most buzz afterward, as his party is coming to terms with last week's election loss and the demographic advantages Obama had. Here's his most memorable line (around the 14:30 mark above):

"It's really hard to get people to listen to you on economic growth, on tax rates,  on health care, if they think you want to deport their grandmother. There's common sense here in terms of how you portray it. Policy matters too, but rhetoric is important.

Rubio and Garrett also talked about Susan Rice (Rubio had "no pre-judgment" on her involvement in Libya), the fiscal cliff and possibility of sequestration ("bipartisan dumb") and his political future (a planned trip to Iowa has "nothing to do with 2016"). 

Aaron Blake has a good chaser for Rubio's immigration remarks over on The Fix

Natalie Jennings is a senior producer for Washington Post Video.

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