Yesterday, Harry Reid said: "I don't know how anyone of Hispanic heritage could be a Republican."
This morning, Republican Florida Senate candidate Marco Rubio, the son of Cuban exiles, told Fox News that Reid's comments are "outrageous." Watch Rubio here:
"It's outrageous. It's ridiculous," Rubio said of Reid's comments. "You know, Americans of Hispanic descent, you know the strongest issue there is? That is economic empowerment--upward mobility. My parents worked every single day to work to give me and my siblings opportunities that they didn't have.
"There's only one economic system in the world that that's possible in time and again and that's the American free enterprise system. And the reason why Americans of Hispanic descent should be Republicans is because the Democratic leadership is trying to dismantle the American free enterprise system--the only system in the world where parents like mine, who work hard and play by the rules, can give their children the opportunities they themselves did not have."
"The point is [Reid's] wrong," Rubio concluded. "The fundamental issues of this campaign are no different for Americans of Hispanic descent than they are for anybody else: and that's economic empowerment and the desire to be able to live in a country where, if you work hard not only can you do better for yourself, you can leave your children better off than you were."