Here’s a transcript from The Rush Limbaugh Show dated February 2, 2016 in which Rush was extremely complimentary of Marco Rubio after the Senator’s impressive showing in the Iowa Caucus:
RUSH: I have to say one thing, one more thing, one more time. I do not like — and I’ve got a Reuters story: “Marco Rubio Emerges Champion of Battered Republican Establishment.” Another Reuters story, headline: “Republican Cruz Calls Iowa Win a Victory for Conservative Grassroots.” I do not like, speaking for myself, I don’t like this idea that Marco Rubio is all of a sudden being labeled as an establishment candidate.
I know that Rubio’s got the baggage of that Gang of Eight bill and I know that in many people’s minds he’s got the baggage of wanting to grant the current number of illegals citizenship. I understand that. But Marco Rubio is no moderate Republican centrist. I could sit here like anybody else could and try to make explanations for you for why he did the Gang of Eight. I’m not even gonna try to put words into his mouth. I don’t want to be seen as making excuses. I’m just telling you, I don’t see Marco Rubio as anything other than a legitimate, full-throated conservative. Nobody’s pure, and nobody is ever free of making mistakes.