Immigration Not Main Issue For Hispanics

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WASHINGTON (CBSDC/AP) — Hispanic-American U.S. senator from Florida who’s considered a rising star in the Republican Party, Marco Rubio says too much is being made of the significance of immigration to his community.

Sen. Marco Rubio says economic security outweighs the issue of immigration on Hispanics’ minds “on the vast majority of the days of the year.”

The senator harshly criticized Newt Gingrich’s campaign ad labeling Mitt Romney the most anti-immigration candidate. Rubio said “this kind of language is more than just unfortunate, it’s inaccurate, inflammatory, and doesn’t belong in this campaign.”

Rubio appeared on “CBS This Morning” Thursday and denied that it was a “scolding.” He went as far as to say he was a Gingrich “admirer.”

Rubio declined speculation about the GOP’s vice presidential nomination, saying he didn’t think it would be him. He has remained neutral in the closely fought Florida Republican primary.

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