Morning Joe | March 21, 2013
>>> bus is the chief white house correspondent for politico, mike allen is here with the morning playbook. mike, good morning.
>> good morning, mika.
>> in today's behind the curtain column you say the gop now belongs to senators marco rubio and rand paul. how so?
>> you might as well call it the rand/rubio party, because the energy, the excitement and the power in the republican party is now outside washington and the clearest place to see this is on immigration. on the show in last couple of days we have seen senator rand paul moving toward friendliness of immigration reform and marco rubio in the past has expressed support for it. if they come out with tough, real immigration reform is how it will get to the president's desk. if they are for it, house republicans who are still reluctant are not going to want to get to the right of them. a sign of resistance there is still in the house, house republican that we talked to said there is a hispanics panic among the party elite donors and leaders and take senator paul and rubio to bring them along.
>> hispanics paunnic? one way to put it.
>> we have this brown guy running in georgia. he is the one that says barack obama follows the soviet constitution !
>> soviet constitution ?
>> not even the russian constitution ?
>> this guy says that barack obama does not follow the united states constitution . he follows the soviet constitution ! lots of luck with that, fellow! you say there are four guys from this delegation running. not all of them saying such things. and it's causing real problems in the georgia delegation because everybody wants to be senator there.
>> that's right. this is why so many leaders in washington have been resisting primaries and wanting washington to reach out and anoint somebody through endorsements and money and get one of these other candidates that is not talking about a soviet constitution to be a candidate and that could cause you problems. if that had been successful you would not have a senator rubio or a senator cruz both of whom who started as underdogs.
>> you got a story about mark sanford who is in the runoff. his opponent, mark did incredibly well the other night and he'll tell everybody here. i like mark. he has been a good friend of mine for a very long time and he will remain a good friend of mine for a very long time. but he's in a runoff. he did great. he is probably going to win. i like this. his opponent here chris and jenny bostic family of five! i think he will get the family book thrown at him with their five children. mike?
>> that's right. we talked yesterday to the house democratic campaign chairman steve israel and clear from his body language they and former governor sanford to become congressman sanford which is quite remarkable.
>> it really is. i stopped one short. i got four children!
>> i have seven!
>> you could win!
>> i'm going down there and run!
>> i know nothing about like who is the next mayor in here. i'm thinking the "new york post" doesn't like this lady. how would you like to wake up to this headline? look at this!
>> in new york .
>> i've seen worse.
>> not only is it new york , it is the "new york post." i'm just guessing they probably will not endorse her.
>> mike allen , thank you.
>> mike, thank you.
>> have in all caps great day!
>> we will. and we have the soviet constitution .
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