Sen. Marco Rubio scolded Newt Gingrich’s presidential campaign over a Spanish-language radio ad that accuses rival Mitt Romney of being “anti-immigrant.”

“This kind of language is more than just unfortunate. It’s inaccurate, inflammatory, and doesn’t belong in this campaign,” Rubio told The Miami Herald when asked about the ad.

“The truth is that neither of these two men is anti-immigrant,” Rubio said. “Both are pro-legal immigration and both have positive messages that play well in the Hispanic community.”

By mid-day, Gingrich’s campaign said it would pull the radio ad out of “respect for the senator’s wishes.” About the same time, former Sen. Mel Martinez and a group of Hispanic leaders aligned with Romney in issuing a letter demanding Gingrich remove the ad.

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Earlier, Gingrich defended the ad during an interview at Univision where he attacked Romney as being too hardline and too unrealistic about immigration.

“He certainly shows no concern for the humanity of the people that are here,” Gingrich said.

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Both Romney and Gingrich are in Miami on Wednesday for speeches about Cuba and Latin America.

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Already, about 54,000 early ballots have been cast in Miami Dade, where nearly three-quarters of the Republicans are Hispanic.

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Democrats and liberals have tried to paint the Republican candidates as anti-immigrant or even anti-Hispanic for opposing legislation such as the DREAM Act, which provides a path to citizenship for some illegal immigrants—mainly college students and soldiers.

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Earlier in the campaign, Gingrich was accused of sounding like a Democrat when he bashed Romney’s time leading Bain Capital, a private-equity firm that, at times, had profited from restructuring companies and laying people off.

Despite the condemnation from conservatives, though, Gingrich went on to surge in South Carolina, where he drubbed Romney on Saturday.

Two days before, Gingrich began running his Spanish-language ad, which begins in shocking fashion by playing an excerpt of Fidel Castro repeating his trademark line: “Patria o muerte, venceremos!”—Fatherland or death, we shall overcome.

Romney in 2007 had mistakenly associated the Castro line with a call for a free Cuba during a speech. Some in the crowd of the Cuban-exile community were aghast.

“Unlike Romney, who uses statements from Castro, Newt Gingrich has fought against the regime,” the ad says, noting that Gingrich helped pass the Cuba-trade crackdown law, Helms-Burton.

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Rubio bears no personal ill-will to Gingrich, who helped support him when Rubio was Florida House Speaker in 2007 and 2008. Rubio and former Gov. Jeb Bush are headlining a Friday Hispanic Leadership Network event where they’ve invited all the major GOP candidates. Gingrich on Monday night began airing a new, positive Spanish-language TV ad.

The candidates Republican candidates initially balked at attending a U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce forum tied to Univision, but Gingrich and Romney have decided to attend today. {snip}

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  • Anonymous

    Since when did anti-immigrant become a bad thing?

    I am not against immigration since I am descended from English, Irish, and German immigrants.

    I am against non-white immigration.  Let the whites come in because more often than not they actually contribute something to a society.  Whether that society is Russian (like Ayn Rand), Finnish (Linus Torvalds), Italian, it doesn’t matter.

    Like Jared Taylor said, we need a sense of white identity, otherwise we are doomed as a people.

    And as we become a diminishing minority here, I think that that identity will come to fruition.

  • Anonymous

    I have been waiting for someone – anyone – in the Republican primary to mention birthplace citizenship, and how it’s a racket and a con. 

    • Lod

      Ron Paul has ending Anchor Baby citizenship as part of the platform on his website.

  • http://countenance.wordpress.com/ Question Diversity

    Marco Rubio and Newt Gingrich are both essentially for open borders.  This “feud” is about as relevant as a bikini to an Eskimo woman.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ON2GRX36BHWHCFUFVY4DNBDNSE Ron

    You notice how Romney in the last debate that these guys had said something to the effect of how all this “legal immigration” is ok because it results in the enlightenment of our culture because of the “diversity”?  Amazing how these guys will go so far as to not be perceived as racist, saying such a ridiculous nonsensical thing that only a Marxist would believe.  If I was that rich, I could careless on being perceived as a racist by anyone. What do you have to lose?

    Romney/Gingrich are both liars. Yeah they will talk a good talk now on immigration to some extent, but if one of them gets elected, they will reverse course and be easy on these jerks.

    In my own business, I have immigrant clientele that has come here “legally” and they take away middle class jobs from native born people which makes me extremely angry.

  • Oil Can Harry

    Could Newt Get-rich be any sleazier or more corrupt?

    The man would pimp his own Grandma if he could make a quick buck out of it.

  • Anonymous

    Newt sólo cifras que el idioma español será parte del nuevo Partido Republicano.

  • http://countenance.wordpress.com/ Question Diversity

    Romney (as well as most other Republican Presidential contenders) wants to staple a green card to the diplomas of non-Americans that earn STEM/CSIT degrees in American universities.  That is code for totally eliminating native born white Americans from those lines of work.

  • Anonymous

    Go to NumbersUSA and check out the remaining GOP Presidential Candidate’s immigration score cards. Romney is far and away the best on immigration and he listens to the (White) GOP base.

    Those of you here still in the Libertarian cult are trying to find some way to ignore Ron Paul’s F immigration grade. As recently as 1988 Ron Paul was making insane comments that the mass invasion of unskilled Mestizo immigrants across our Southern border wasn’t any different from White Canadians going back and forth across our Northern border. 

    Here’s the ’88 RP insane on immigration video:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ihDoUYaqhgM

     I’m sorry to say that Newt Gingrich’s fast rise to the top is mostly based on religious bigotry by Southern Evangelical Protestants who fear/hate anyone associated with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints – these same types used to be obsessed with hating White Catholics.

    Pleaes pray to God that this will be the year these idiot, race denying Evangelical Protestants get RAPTURED, so we don’t have to listen to their nonsense.

  • Anonymous

    Go to NumbersUSA and check out the remaining GOP Presidential Candidate’s immigration score cards. Romney is far and away the best on immigration and he listens to the (White) GOP base.

    Those of you here still in the Libertarian cult are trying to find some way to ignore Ron Paul’s F immigration grade. As recently as 1988 Ron Paul was making insane comments that the mass invasion of unskilled Mestizo immigrants across our Southern border wasn’t any different from White Canadians going back and forth across our Northern border. 

    Here’s the ’88 RP insane on immigration video:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ihDoUYaqhgM

     I’m sorry to say that Newt Gingrich’s fast rise to the top is mostly based on religious bigotry by Southern Evangelical Protestants who fear/hate anyone associated with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints – these same types used to be obsessed with hating White Catholics.

    Pleaes pray to God that this will be the year these idiot, race denying Evangelical Protestants get RAPTURED, so we don’t have to listen to their nonsense.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ON2GRX36BHWHCFUFVY4DNBDNSE Ron

      I agree with some of what you say. I think I do remember Paul saying though that he would be willing to put troops on the border.  How genuine he or anyone else is about that is hard to say.  Although troops should be put on the border and ordered to not be nice to these idiots when they try to come in.  These aliens violate my human rights by stealing my money!

  • Anonymous

    Gingrich is simply out and out anti White, for basically open-borders immigration, anti White affirmative action – and he has jumped to the top with White voters in the South who have recently pushed for strong state laws against illegal immigration.

    What the @*($*@ $ is wrong with White voters in the South during Presidential primaries? A big part of the problem is the Evangelical Christian, Religious Right idiots who want to start a World War in the Middle East to bring back JESUS – they don’t much care if the United States becomes a majority non Whtie, 3rd world nation in 20 years because they think all the good Christians are going to get RAPTURED next year, or maybe the year after that. 

  • Anonymous

    If Newt thought for a second that this ad would gain him favor in the eyes of illegal/legal aliens one little bit he is dead wrong, assuming any of them even planned on voting republican(very doubtful) along with all of the other liberal vomit this will have made them turn and run from the GOP, all he managed to do is push them even further towards voting democrat.

  • Anonymous

    Mr. Speaker,
    Perhaps it isn’t that Gov. Romney is anti-immigrant. Could it possibly be that you are pro-illegal? But I must say not one of your wannabes have the courage to do what you should- demand that all illegal leave or face prison time. Eisnehower had the courage to to it and the world kept right on going.  But that courage died with him. There hasn’t been a President since who stood up for Americans and told the rest of the world to take care of their own.