Report: McCain, Rubio Got Fox News On Board For Immigration Reform

A trio of Republicans in the so-called Gang of Eight huddled with leading figures at Fox News Channel on the bipartisan effort in the Senate to reform the nation’s immigration system, according to a piece published in this week’s issue of The New Yorker.

The story, written by Ryan Lizza, indicated that Sens. John McCain (R-AZ), Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC) had discussions with “top hosts” at the conservative cable news network, including Bill O’Reilly, Sean Hannity and Neil Cavuto, all of whom are ” now relatively sympathetic to the Gang’s proposed bill.” It also quotes McCain as saying that News Corp CEO Rupert Murdoch and Fox News chairman Roger Ailes are big advocates of immigration reform.

O’Reilly interviewed Rubio last week, urging the Florida Republican to come to him if anyone opposes the proposal.

The whole article is behind The New Yorker’s paywall, but Politico excerpted part of it here.


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