ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The Latest from the Florida Republican Party’s Sunshine Summit, where the major GOP presidential hopefuls are wooing voters and activists for their support in the state’s March 15 primary. All times are local.
Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson is condemning the terror attacks in Paris.
Carson says that if he were president he would team up with U.S. allies to eliminate the “global jihadist movement,” calling it an “existential threat” to the world.
Carson is the last of seven presidential candidates to speak Friday at a two-day presidential summit in Orlando, Florida.
A reporter asked Carson about the 2005 case of a Florida woman, Terri Schiavo, who was removed from life support after more than a decade in a vegetative state. The Schiavo case drew national attention to end-of-life issues.
Carson calls the Schiavo case “much to do about nothing” and says doctors “face those kinds of issues all the time.”
Republican Donald Trump says he’s watching the fight between Sens. Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio about who’s tougher on illegal immigration.
And he’s reminding Republican Party activists on Friday that he took heat over comments he made on immigration when he began his campaign.
Trump told the packed room, “I was tougher when it wasn’t very politically popular to be tougher.”
Rubio and Cruz spoke earlier in the day at the two-day candidate summit organized by the Republican Party of Florida.
Trump says he will stop “anchor babies,” a term many Latinos find offensive that’s used to describe citizenship granted to babies born to immigrants in the country illegally.
He also says Mexicans would “laugh so hard” if American women went to their country and had babies and tried to tell them the child was Mexican.
Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush says the American people cannot afford to elect another president like Barack Obama.
The former Florida governor says Obama was “a gifted” candidate who “had absolutely nothing in his background that would suggest that he could make a tough decision.”
Bush’s remarks may as well have been directed at his younger GOP rivals, Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz.
He also fired a shot at front-runner Donald Trump without naming him, saying the GOP cannot win by tearing down others in the presidential race. He says Republicans can win in 2016 if they run “a hopeful and optimistic campaign.”
Bush addressed a boisterous crowd of GOP supporters following his speech Friday at a two-day presidential summit in Orlando, Florida.
Mike Huckabee doesn’t sound like a fan of Disney World.
The former Arkansas governor has criticized the entertainment giant on Friday for securing work visas so they could replace technology employees with foreigners.
Huckabee was speaking just miles from the Disney resort at a presidential candidate summit organized by the state Republican Party. He attacked Disney as he discussed immigration issues.
Huckabee acknowledged he was in Orlando, near Disney World, also known as the “happiest place on Earth.”
But he added, “It wasn’t very happy for the Disney workers who were replaced by foreign workers.”
He said Disney made the laid-off employees train their lower cost replacements. He said America should treat its people better than that.
He also said immigration shouldn’t be about displacing American workers.
Republican presidential candidate Lindsay Graham says he wants to fix immigration and fix it forever, because Republicans risk losing a generation of Hispanic voters over the contentious issue.
He says on Friday the U.S. needs legal immigration but says he wants to “pick people from all around the world, not just Mexico.”
Graham says the federal government cannot deport 11 million people and that the best way to find “the bad people” among them is to have “the good people” come forward.
The South Carolina senator says he would require those living here illegally to take an English exam, pay a fine and pass a criminal background check to remain in the U.S.
Texas Sen. Ted Cruz has come into the home state of two rivals and made a case to win its Republican presidential primary.
Cruz received a more enthusiastic reception than Sen. Marco Rubio during the Florida Republican Party’s presidential summit.
He says Texas and Florida have a lot in common. They’re Southern states where a lot of immigrants live and they’re low-tax states where the economy is growing.
He then joked, “We also share a similar dislike for snow.”
Cruz says Florida’s March 15 primary will be important in choosing a nominee and tells party activists they can select a true conservative.
He also tells a life story similar to Rubio’s. Both are sons of Cuban immigrants whose fathers worked low-paying jobs after arriving in the country.
Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio says the 11 million people living in the U.S. illegally will need to wait at least 10 years to gain legal status because the federal government must prove it can secure its borders and modernize its immigration system.
Rubio says he’s “puzzled” and “surprised” by Sen. Ted Cruz’ attacks on him about immigration because the Texas senator’s position “is not much different from mine.”
Rubio made his remarks Wednesday in Orlando, Florida, during the state party’s two-day Sunshine Summit. All the major GOP presidential hopefuls are scheduled.
Cruz has criticized Rubio for his role in authoring an immigration bill in 2013 that passed the Senate but failed in the House.
Rubio now says that a single, comprehensive immigration bill is not the way to go.
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