Chuck Schumer: Jeb Bush 'A Lot Better Than Some of Them'

By Susan Jones | April 7, 2014 | 7:58 AM EDT

Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) (AP File Photo)

( - Sen. Chuck Schumer, a liberal Democrat, wasn't endorsing Republican Jeb Bush on Monday morning -- but Schumer did say that Bush "would be a lot better" than some of the other Republicans who may run for president in 2016.

Schumer, appearing on MSNBC's "Morning Joe," was asked if Jeb Bush's liberal views on immigration were good for the Republican Party.

He's showing where people are at. Most people are for immigration reform. Most Republicans, you know, they're in the 'vote no, pray yes' caucus.  They'd like it to pass, as long as they don't have to vote for it."

"So, Chuck Schumer endorsing Jeb Bush -- at least for the Republican primary," host Joe Scarborough joked.

"He'd be a lot better than some of them," Schumer responded, laughing.

Speaking at his father's presidential library on Sunday, Jeb Bush said many of the people who came to this country illegally did it for the sake of their families:

"Yes, they broke the law, but it’s not a felony," he said. "It’s an act of love. It’s an act of commitment to your family. I honestly think that that is a different kind of crime that there should be a price paid, but it shouldn’t rile people up that people are actually coming to this country to provide for their families."

Schumer said he still thinks there's a good chance of passing immigration reform this year, especially since House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) want to do it.

And if it doesn't happen this year, Schumer said Republicans won't do it in 2015, when the presidential primaries are in full swing. And if they don't do it now, "it will almost certainly mean  they're going to lose the 2016 election," he added.

Schumer and his fellow Democrats are now focused on the 2014 election, and he said the "past two-three weeks have been a turning point" for Democrats.

He pointed to Obamacare, which he believes is "fading" as a paramount election issue -- as "people are learning it's a good thing."

"We welcome that contrast," Schumer said, predicting that "things are going to start looking better for us."

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