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Nice try Marco Rubio (R. FL):

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) touts Rep. Cory Gardner (R-Colo.) for U.S. Senate in Spanish and English-language television ads released by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Wednesday.

The ads are part of a slate of new Chamber ads hitting the airwaves in 11 U.S. House races and two Senate contests. In the Colorado, Rubio pitches Gardner's ability to rein in debt and spending and help create jobs.

"America needs principled leaders like Cory Gardner in the Senate," Rubio says in the English-language ad. "That's how we'll end gridlock."

There are many Hispanic residents in Colorado -- more than one in five, according to the U.S. Census -- which is why Rubio's ad appears in Spanish as well as English. - Washington Post, 5/7/14

Now it's no surprise that Rubio likes Gardner:

Rep. Cory Gardner delivers a speech to Republican delegates at the annual state GOP Congress, in Boulder, Colo., Saturday April 12, 2014. Gardner is stepping down from his current House seat to challenge Democratic U.S. Senator Mark Udall in November. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley) ORG XMIT: COBL101
Rubio and his Reclaim America PAC on Friday endorsed Rep. Cory Gardner, who is trying to defeat Democratic Sen. Mark Udall in Colorado. Gardner’s late entry in the Colorado race put the state in play for Republicans, who need a net gain of six seats to take control of the Senate.

“Always an advocate for limited government and lower taxes, Cory is never one to shy away from tough choices,” reads the message on the PAC’s website urging Rubio’s supporters to donate.

Gardner joins Rep. Tom Cotton in Arkansas on Reclaim America PAC’s endorsement list. Cotton is challenging Democratic Sen. Mark Pryor. As USA TODAY’s Fredreka Schouten noted, Rubio and other potential presidential candidates are using their leadership PACs to underwrite consulting, travel and other political expenses ahead of 2016. - USA Today, 5/2/14

Of course this is all part of the Chamber Of Commerce's plan:

BOULDER, CO - APRIL 12: Congressman Cory Gardner, stands with his supporters as he makes his case to be a Republican candidate on the ballot for the United State Senate. The Colorado Republican Party holds its state assembly for statewide candidates running for office at the Coors Event Center on the University of Colorado campus in Boulder. (Kathryn Scott Osler, The Denver Post)
The House ads will run for two weeks and are supporting GOP Reps. Andy Barr (Ky.), Dan Benishek (Mich.), Mike Coffman (Colo.), Chris Gibson (N.Y.), Joe Heck (Nev.) and David Valadao (Calif.), as well as GOP candidates Bob Dold, running for his old seat in Illinois; Stewart Mills, challenging Democratic Rep. Rick Nolan in Minnesota; former Rep. Doug Ose, challenging Rep. Ami Bera (D-Calif.); and Richard Tisei, challenging Rep. John Tierney (D-Mass.).

In Idaho’s 2nd District, the Chamber is also extending its buy to continue airing an ad in which 2012 GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney touts Rep. Mike Simpson (R), who’s locked in a primary battle with attorney Bryan Smith.

Two common themes appear in nearly all the ads: Opposition to ObamaCare and support for job creation, both issues on which Republicans believe they can win this fall as Democrats grapple with persistent national pessimism about the economy and the healthcare law. - The Hill, 5/7/14

But given Gardner's record on immigration reform, the Chamber's wasting it's money going after Latino voters:

In the U.S. Senate, there is a clear choice. Since Rep. Cory Gardner entered the Senate race, he has tried to portray himself as more moderate and centrist on a variety of issues. But when it comes to immigration, he talks out of both sides of his mouth.

Gardner now says we need a more "humane approach" to immigration. But when he's had the chance to act more humanely, he hasn't. Every time Gardner has had the chance, he voted with the majority of House Republicans who are blocking reform. Despite the strong support for immigration reform in Colorado, even among Republicans, Gardner has stood with the extremists.

Last June, Rep. Steve King (R-IA) offered an amendment to defund the DACA program and subject DREAMers to deportation. That program, started by President Obama in 2012, has already benefitted thousands of young immigrants here in Colorado, including me. In fact, we're in the top 10 states for DACA recipients.

But, Gardner sided with King, who you may recall, famously said that most DREAMers have "calves the size of cantaloupes because they're hauling 75 pounds of marijuana across the desert." Instead of doing what Colorado voters want, Gardner is following the lead of an extremist, like King.

Last month, Gardner voted with King for "The ENFORCE the Law Act" and "The Faithful Execution of the Law Act" -- both of which sought to strip the President's executive authority powers to deliver targeted relief from deportation to DREAMers and military families.

Cory Gardner apparently believes that not only should DREAMers be deported but so should the undocumented spouses, children or parents of people who risk their lives serving our country every day -- military families. - Huffington Post, 4/17/14

So good luck with that.  Senator Mark Udall (D. CO) is a strong supporter of immigration reform and I believe that will be the big issue that will decide this race.  if you want to donate and get involved with Udall's re-election bid, you can do so here:

Originally posted to pdc on Wed May 07, 2014 at 03:40 PM PDT.

Also republished by Colorado COmmunity, LatinoKos, and The Democratic Wing of the Democratic Party.

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