Wednesday on MSNBC’s “Hardball,” host Chris Matthews called into question if using the term “Hispanic” was appropriate when it comes to describing Sens. Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Ted Cruz (R-TX), two candidates for the Republican presidential nomination.
Partial transcript as follows:
AMANDA TERKEL, The Huffington Post: [Y]ou started to see in the debate last night where they drew more contrasts on policy, starting to preview a little bit more –
MATTHEWS: Who’s out to get who?
TERKEL: Uh, I think Ted Cruz. You already saw he’s starting to get Marco Rubio. Didn’t call him out by name but started to preview, you know, you don’t want someone’s who’s soft on immigration, you don’t want someone supporting sugar subsidies, for example. So, Trump and Carson, they didn’t go after each other. But –
MATTHEWS: Sugar subsidies are worthy of a presidential debate now.
TERKEL: – it’s going to get nastier.
MATTHEWS: I couldn’t believe that last night.
TERKEL: I was surprised it was mentioned too, but, you know, he is clearly watching Rubio.
MATTHEWS: So you’re trying to insinuate that Marco Rubio, a fellow, uh, Spanish surname, I’m not sure the right word is Hispanic for them, because they are Cuban nationals or whatever, or come from Cuba. But, uh, is he going to insinuate that he is still basically for what he calls amnesty?
TERKEL: I think he is. And, I mean Rubio got very, very lucky last night in that he did not have to jump into the immigration debate. He skated by, he got some slightly easier questions. And you saw Jeb Bush, John Kasich, Donald Trump get in there on immigration. But Rubio didn’t have to do it, but he’s going to have to, obviously.
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