As the Senate prepares to vote on the amnesty bill put forth by the Gang of Eight either late Thursday or Friday, former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin is calling for Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) to be primaried in 2014 because of their support of the Senate's immigration bill.
Breitbart News reports on an interview with the former GOP Vice-Presidential nominee:
"Conservatives are getting ready for the 2014 and 2016 primaries. We have long memories, and there will be consequences for those who break campaign promises and vote for this amnesty bill," Palin told Breitbart News. "Competition makes everyone work harder, be better, and be held accountable. This applies to politics, too. No one is 'entitled' to anything."
She continued, "Rigorous debate in competitive primaries allows candidates the opportunity to explain their flip-flops. So think of contested primaries as a win-win for politicians and their voters."
Earlier, Palin had appeared on Fox News Radio on the John Gibson Radio Show and had said that Rubio and Ayotte had "turned their back" on American voters and should be primaried and held accountable because of it.
"Every politician should be held accountable for breaking their campaign promises," Palin said during the interview with Gibson. "They turned their back on the American public, so why should they not be held accountable?"
Palin reminded listeners that Rubio had promised "border security would come first and that he would not support "legalization of illegal immigrants" or "amnesty" before securing the border.
Palin had supported and endorsed Ayotte. Though Ayotte, on her 2010 campaign website, had posted that there were "no excuses" not to secure the border and that should would also not support amnesty, the New Hampshire Senator has done a complete flip flop and can no longer be trusted to do what is in America's best interests.
"I think that they should be challenged. I don't have a problem with heated debates and contested primaries where they have to answer to constituents regarding their flip-flopping on such a fundamental position as amnesty for illegal immigrants," she said. "I don't have a problem at all with contested primaries. In fact, competition makes us all better and makes us be held accountable and I'd like to see them held accountable and answer as to why it is that they flip-flopped."
"Marco Rubio has blatantly flip-flopped on his position on immigration, on amnesty, and border security," Palin said. She also said that he helped orchestrate the immigration bill that would reward law breakers and give Obama "a victory in his mission to fundamentally transform America economically."
The Senate voted on Monday to end debate on the "border surge" amendment, which would allow the Department of Homeland Security to basically ignore border security almost entirely. Palin blasted the lack of taking border security seriously on Monday saying, "Holes in the border are as big as the holes in their amnesty bill."
Palin told Gibson that both senators' broken promises ""gives us more reasons not to trust politicians, not to trust our government, unfortunately."
"This is a scary place for our republic to be," she concluded.
While procedural votes are scheduled for Thursday and the final vote is said to come on Friday, that could change and the final vote take place late Thursday. However, it is notable that the bill is said to be dead on arrival in the House of Representatives (don't hold your breath just yet), mainly because the Senate is not expected to get 70 votes. Politico points out two senators, Roger Wicker (R-MS) and Jeff Chiesa (R-NJ), plan to vote against the immigration bill after they put their support behind the Corker-Hoeven amendment.
Palin is right though, elected officials must be held accountable and they cannot simply be "trusted" until they have proven themselves trustworthy, and even then we must continue to keep an eye on them.Don't forget to Like Freedom Outpost on Facebook, Google Plus, & Twitter. You can also get Freedom Outpost delivered to your Amazon Kindle device here.