Rand Paul’s Immigration Advice for Jeb Bush: Don’t Forget to Pander to Your Base

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Rand Paul has already gone after some potential 2016 rivals, but he went easy on Jeb Bush today when asked about the former Florida governor describing illegal immigration as "an act of love." "You know, I think he might have been more artful, maybe, in the way he presented this," Paul told ABC's This Week. "But I don't want to say, 'Oh, he's terrible for saying this.' If it were me, what I would have said is, people who seek the American dream are not bad people." However, Paul would make sure to add, "We can't invite the whole world. When you say they're doing an act of love and you don't follow it up with, but we have to control the border, people think, well because they're doing this for kind reasons that the whole world can come to our country." Voters might get the wrong idea if you don't immediately explain how you'd crack down on that "act of love."