In the most recent GOP presidential debate, Florida senator [score]Marco Rubio[/score] and business magnate Donald Trump took turns trading punches. It was one of the more memorable moments of the debate, but if you're expecting Rubio's rise in the primaries, think again.

Rubio, for all of his pizzazz and wit, has a history that will come back to haunt him at the polls. The most damning part of that history is his participation in the "Gang of Eight," a bipartisan group of senators who worked to pass an amnesty bill.

Though Rubio has now tried to distance himself from the attempt, he, along with Chuck Schumer and other high-ranking Democratic senators, drafted legislation in 2013 that would have given illegal immigrants a "pathway to citizenship."

Now, with Donald Trump speaking what's been on everyone's minds and promising a closed and secure border, Rubio is trying to back away from that history but he's not having success.

The New York Times recently reported that Rubio's involvement went even deeper.

Rubio, alongside Schumer, actually visited Rupert Murdoch and Roger Ailes, the kingpins of conservative news, to ask them to force Fox News's news anchors to stop attacking the bipartisan amnesty bill.

That's a move to crush freedom of speech and the power of the press that is almost unprecedented. Luckily Rubio's monster amnesty bill stalled and died in Congress without being passed, but he was pulling out all the stops to try and get the thing enacted as law.

This just goes to show how far Rubio is willing to bend in order to work with Democrats. True, immigration reform is a tricky issue that will require give and take from both sides. But giving 11 million illegals a path to citizenship is not the answer.

Time will tell if this comes back to bite Rubio, but the odds aren't in his favor.

h/t: NY Times

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