Jeb Bush, Marco Rubio Navigate 2016 Politics with Immigration Debate

Conservatives begin to turn on Rubio's immigration reform efforts.

Protestors rally at Rubio's office against the immigration reform bill.

Protestors rally at Rubio's office against the immigration reform bill.

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Rubio has left himself room to walk away from the table while still earning high marks for his willingness to work with Democrats if he can't pull mainstream conservative support for the legislation. Bush, however, appears prepared to gamble that the emerging legislation will be politically smart to embrace – both for himself and for his party.

"I would argue that Republicans win when we are positive and hopeful and aspirational and that we draw people towards our cause when we do that," he said. "And that if we just play the game that we're for less government, we don't believe in a muscular government, that message is not aspirational, it's not hopeful, it's not particularly optimistic and we could lose."

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