Undocumented immigrant Erika Andiola responded to a viral Internet video Wednesday that appeared to show Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) dashing away from her as she confronted Rep. Steve King (R-IA) on his immigration position.
“There’s two things,” Andiola told MSNBC’s Jose Diaz-Balart. “One, if [Rand Paul] is really trying to run for office in 2016, I think that he needs to think about it twice before he starts showing up with Steve King in places.”
King has been a vocal opponent of legislation that would allow undocumented immigrants to remain legally in the U.S. He also has a penchant for saying rather incendiary things about those same people.
“I don’t know if Rand Paul actually learned lessons from Mitt Romney,” Andiola continued, “But Mitt Romney lost (the 2012 presidential) election with the latino vote because he didn’t support the DREAM Act and because he believed in self deportation.”
The DREAM Act is legislation that would grant legal status to children illegally brought to the U.S. by their parents.
“Another thing is,” Andiola said, “if he really wants to run, he’s going to have to face this issue. You don’t run away, you sit there and you actually try to talk.”
Paul has said he moved away from Andiola not because he was trying to evade her but because he had an interview he was scheduled to do.
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