The latest pitch from Senator Lamar Alexander (R., Tenn.) about his record on immigration may mislead some GOP voters headed to the ballot box today’s primary. In an ad published online earlier this week, Alexander said this about immigration: “Last year I voted to end amnesty. Last week I voted against President Obama’s immigration bill.” But last year Alexander voted yea on the Gang of Eight’s immigration bill, which National Review’s editors explained is, “an amnesty-first, enforcement-maybe program drawn up mainly to reflect the priorities of 11 million citizens of other countries rather than the concerns of more than 300 million citizens of the United States.” When Alexander said he voted against Obama’s immigration bill, he appears to be referring to a border-funding bill proposed by Senator Barbara Mikulski’s (D., Md.) — drawn up in response to the White House’s request — that failed on a procedural vote.
The ad starts out with Alexander introducing himself to voters and referring to himself in the third person saying, “Here’s Rule 312 from Lamar Alexander’s Little Plaid Book: In the last few days of a campaign, don’t believe anything new that you hear.” It remains unclear whether or not rule 312 applies to Alexander’s newest statement on immigration.