Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., thinks Republicans shouldn’t worry that Hispanics legalized by the bipartisan immigration reform outlined yesterday will vote for Democratic candidates en masse.

“I am confident that, given a fair chance, I can convince most Americans, including Americans of Hispanic descent, that limited government and free enterprise is better for them and better for their upward mobility than big government is,” Rubio told Rush Limbaugh.  “Because that’s the reason why they came here.”

The Washington Post’s Chris Cillizza suggests that Rubio is taking a gamble that has huge upside and downside for the possibility of a 2016 presidential campaign.

“Rubio is widely seen as a 2016 Republican presidential candidate and touching immigration, which remains a, well, touchy subject among the GOP rank and file, brings real risk with it,” Cillizza observes. “Slip and there is no political net below to catch him.  Make it to the other side and his cache within the party — already high — will soar.”