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Senator John McCain thanks for coming -- -- this fox news -- -- exclusive thank you.
Senator why you keep saying that the Hispanic vote is up for grabs when polls consistently show that President Obama.
As close to 70%.
Support in the Latino community.
And he had very strong -- board in 2008.
Because I think that there are many values -- things that that we share we Republicans.
Lower taxes pro military pro small business you know -- -- Hispanic or Latino -- our small business people.
Pro life there are many areas there that would they would in my view would be naturally attracted to.
The Republican banner and -- fact George Bush bush to do well in his elections with.
Hispanic voters and we don't know what the -- is and what the problem is it's -- issue of immigration and we have to treated and humane fashion.
And we have to.
Understand that with you -- new wave of immigrants come to our country the Irish -- Italians poles whoever is.
Hispanics in America are Latinos have a -- Two.
The people who are coming in and that are still.
In the country they came.
Well let's look at the likely GOP nominee -- Mitt Romney.
On immigration reform opposes the DREAM Act opposes pathways to citizenship in fact he's calling for self deportation.
He opposes guest worker programs oppose this tuition breaks for undocumented kids who -- in the United States.
Why would Hispanics vote for that candidate.
Well first well.
As you described.
Mitt Romney it's not the case in all due respect.
You -- It's solidly in favor of immigration reform.
He notes that there's twelve million people -- in this country illegally.
You know you have to dress -- he is also stated recently.
And I am happy to say that we have to address it and humane -- The issue of self deportation.
There are some Hispanics who have come back but he -- go on back to the country that -- mainly because of the economic conditions here.
So he he doesn't but he doesn't think that's the entire answer to the issue.
As you know Marco Rubio and some others are working on a version of the DREAM Act and by the way yeah.
Also he does not oppose guest worker program either either for high tech or four.
Agricultural workers let Mitt Romney understands we have a challenge with the Hispanic voter I believe as this campaign moves on.
That you will see him addressing this issue.
The need for immigration reform we all know what we need to have it.
Let me just one more small point -- the long answer but you're touching on one of the key issues of the 2012.
A presidential campaign.
We still do have a huge problem with drugs coming across our border there are a hundred -- sitting on mountain tops right now -- home.
Guiding the drug cartels is they bring the drugs across seniors on Mexico border up to Phoenix where they are distributed throughout the nation.
And the price of cocaine by the way on the street has not gone up one -- despite all of our.
Drug efforts that's the best indicators to how we are doing on.
Cold war on drugs so there's a bigger problem than just illegal immigrants coming -- border there are still shrugs and we're creating a demand.
You know big part of the issue and that that can't go one.
Well let me go back there.
With all due respect -- you say he he doesn't oppose -- guest worker program he has refused to get involved.
In putting forward any guest worker program and -- like you Senator McCain.
He says -- -- first we have to secure the border and well they're now more boots on the ground than ever.
And we have made -- DHS says they have put more money in terms of technology and surveillance on the border.
And yet the entire immigration debate during -- Republican primaries was cast in terms of drug dealers.
Not in terms of people simply seeking economic opportunity in a better life for their -- But one most of the people now who come across -- large numbers of people come across -- product by coyotes.
They young women are raped they're putting drop houses in -- shares on where there kept most unspeakable condition and held for ransom.
The human rights abuses not to mention.
It -- up before wildlife -- which has taken place as well by.
These drug dealers and others who -- coming across we have made progress but we have by no -- gotten our -- -- -- so.
Obviously Americans want folks.
They want both -- secure border that's obligation of every country but I think they also understand that we have a serious issue that needs to be addressed by senator.
I think you -- -- that in fact most of the undocumented.
People in the United States don't come across the border and they certainly not traffic not brought across by coyotes they're people who come here on legal visas and simply overstayed that visa.
But just because we have not address that issue which we can and should.
Doesn't mean that we still don't have -- problem.
With drugs coming but I think drugs are saying don't you think that that is wrong it's a distortion at the Republican debate about immigration -- centered on drugs and -- human trafficking.
The use of drugs in my affected -- -- report.
After going down -- -- is now on the way up again munch on people we can't ignore that problem.
It's that's but I they -- at a separate problem.
-- -- not as long as obstruction of it and the majority of her being brought across our border.
Illegally -- much officer one historical fact Ted Kennedy and -- -- doing immigration reform.
It was Senator Obama.
Who went to the floor and proposed an amendment which would sunset.
The guest worker program that Ted Kennedy and I degree to which -- destroyed which was partially the reason why we destroyed immigration reform.
Which destroyed by people like then Senator Obama.
On the left and some who -- opposed agricultural worker program.
And by some on the right who obviously called it quote amnesty.
So the irony of all this is -- Senator Obama was part of the destruction of the effort to Ted Kennedy and -- -- but you won't hear that very often.
Well I think the votes though didn't come from the republic that President Bush.
Was in favor of it yes I believe you -- in favor of it yes but who -- he came from a lot of the talk radio people on the far right.
Who took away Republican votes in the -- which age group on.
Far right and it was also on the left that farm workers of America.
A union trade unions were posed to.
The guest worker program provision.
One of the greatness of Ted Kennedy as you know was -- he which will.
He and I agreed to vote against amendments that we otherwise might support.
And I saw him speak rather startling to them Senator Obama when Senator Obama proposing amendments to -- sun sentinel which -- the guest worker program but the rest of that.
Immigration reform contain and you think this will be highlighted in the course of the campaign by the mommy oh.
-- -- the truth people have.
Tendency to forget these things a lot of people don't understand them the way we were in the senate whether that's good or bad and when.
-- Romney's dad was born in Mexico if you were born in panorama just like me canal -- exactly so historically I -- much long before you and -- -- -- -- -- Historically you have been much admired loved.
By Latinos in your community in Arizona 30% of the state.
But as the GOP has pulled to the right it looks like you have -- band and so much of your support for.
Pro immigrant policies.
It looks like -- that you know what we've got to wait until that borders secure.
Even as the border has become more secure so our people right to criticize you as having abandoned.
The immigrant immigrant community.
Well I hope not but.
I do also.
That there has been increases -- border security there's no doubt about that but has there been enough as I pointed out to you.
The price for amounts of cocaine on the street in Chicago.
It's not one penny more than it was before we started -- this.
We can use technology we can do things that would that rather than just hiring people.
But right now for example our wildlife refuges in southern Arizona are being destroyed that's something that's the desecration of our.
Of our history so.
I think that keep working together we can work out immigration reform.
Which has to do with guest worker programs which has to do with pass to citizenship not necessarily granting.
Citizenship but -- giving people legal status also this issue portion of children who brought here has to be.
I dressed as well and there will be people -- on both ends of the spectrum who.
Mostly -- yet now you now people certainly asked why would John McCain's be supporting Jan Brewer when you think about SB 1070.
Especially initial issue about racial profiling -- people so why was John McCain supporting.
Governor brewer what you think because I sympathize with her can be.
Citizens of mind -- -- we're incredibly frustrated.
We -- -- Border Patrol agent killed we had a rancher who was killed by drug smugglers.
People were not safe in their homes in the southern part of our state.
The fresh that SB 1070 the law that was passed there's was direct result of the frustration.
Our citizens fail because their lives literally in the southern part of our state we're not -- safe.
On the American side of the border in that was border spread out of that frustration.
Now since the border.
Enforcement has been.
Increased and we have seen some improvement you haven't seen nearly the fervor that you -- on the past and by the way on that issue.
I think it's pretty clear from the argument that the Supreme Court members made.
That a lot of that.
That law may be upheld so what you're.
-- -- -- -- what's your prediction on the court I think they'll be a couple of aspects certain to be upheld if -- if if a policeman arrests someone.
And that for person -- action strange fashion.
To ask them to show their identification I don't think he's.
I think the Supreme Court that -- even Judge Sotomayor.
Skeptical as to whether that was on constitution.
And -- you expect that that would be upheld.
And that makes provisions.
What provisions do you think will be -- and I I think like I.
I'm not sure up all the details but I'm sure that there -- a couple of poor areas where that would probably be.
He struck down and like I love my state I love the people -- state and I know that sometimes our image it is is hurt by this all this controversy -- excuse.
Arizona has become now known as the anti immigrant stay -- boycotts against Arizona actually those those who happened in more than -- where our terrorism -- -- -- -- the convention.
Business which is so important because it really is such a wonderful place.
For us to live and work.
But again when I put them seven part of my state and I need a -- ranchers that say I can't even dropped my child off at the bus stop.
Up for fear.
-- safety then we have to do something about that but that's -- I'm running on your elected.
It's it's a lot to do with drugs and it's got a lot to do with these coyotes -- -- bringing people across.
The vice presidential pick is the talk of -- town.
You haven't picked that you would suggest for.
Now I think that -- presumptive of the losers.
To do that that I think he has a deep bench did drop from and -- obviously.
The same ones -- see you discuss.
-- -- -- -- Marco Rubio would be very attractive Rob Portman Kelly.
We've got several governors out there Chris Christie beat you know.
In all of these people by the -- I don't know whatever I don't want you gotta you gotta say I don't want it and later in life it's had a yes I want it to -- Saturday it.
Do you think that it.
Romney -- to select mark and it would impact the Latino vote that he could in fact -- in roads that would lessen the support for Democrats and President Obama.
First of I think it would help -- Florida because rubio is very popular in Florida -- all segments.
Of the population but I think it's down to but I also agree.
With the point that you were making earlier in your questioning -- that is that we need to show the Hispanic community.
That we recognize that this season anyways and an issue.
Being humane of being -- ending -- having compassion.
And that that's that's really fundamental ways.
To address -- You know you earlier sent there's so much in common in terms of social values between.
Pro military small business lower taxes pro life yet there's many many.
Common ground between ourselves -- small businessmen and women are.
Huge amounts of our Latino population.
Okay so John McCain -- Republican wise man who's talking to the Romney campaign what's the leverage point where do you advise -- -- go.
To start it.
-- and bring those people common values.
With the Republican Party well that Romney has said that he is in favor of immigration reform now like anything else -- is in the details.
And as you know Marco Rubio was working on -- version of the dream active -- to address probably one most compelling aspects of -- this issue and that is.
People who came to our country's brought it will -- as children so that let.
Republicans can read polls justice well -- Democrats.
Everybody knows that this is serious issue.
Not only now.
But the demographics.
-- -- Colorado New Mexico.
Texas California what I mean Georgia Georgia look at that look large fast growing Hispanic population.
In in the Atlanta area so.
We understand that.
Now the question is are we going to be able to really address it industries fashion I believe so -- -- -- Which you don't have any suggestion -- to how to do it well.
Essentially Marco Rubio was working on India on and -- you're working with mono version dream but you know that he that.
That rubio -- proposal would not grant citizenship it would just allow them to stay in their country he says he wants to prevent chain migration.
It's not gonna pass Muster with most with -- -- voters who want a DREAM Act that gives those young people in the military.
In school the opportunity American citizens.
First -- -- not.
Sure that that's that that that that's case because I think personally do one.
To have a legal status you come -- that second well.
Tea big problem train -- dream actually should go to college for two years as proposed by senator Durbin.
Go to college for two years search serve in the military for for two years.
We don't serve in the military for two years we serve in the military for four years so what you gonna say beak and the reason why we serve for four years it takes a long train them.
So anyone who joins our military so we gonna say here's a special category.
That can all he has to serve military for two years come on so there's some fundamental flaws with their version of the DREAM Act that I think has to -- Addressed as well.
McCain thank you so much for coming in -- -- interrogation.
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