06/27/2013 04:25 pm ET Updated Jun 27, 2013

Sarah Palin: Kelly Ayotte, Marco Rubio 'Turned Their Back On The American Public'

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R) tore into two prominent Republican senators Wednesday who she said "turned their back on the American public."

Palin criticized Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.) and Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) for their actions on immigration reform, according to WMUR. The Senate passed a sweeping immigration reform bill that would give a path to citizenship some of the estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants on Thursday.

"Kelly Ayotte, bless her heart, she had on her website that her top immigration priority would be to secure the border. ‘No excuses’ is her quote. No excuses," Palin said on Fox News radio, WMUR reports. "And she was absolutely against amnesty, and yet Kelly Ayotte and Marco Rubio and all the others who had said that border security must come first before any talk about immigration reform they turned their back on the American public, so why should they not be held accountable?"

On June 9, Ayotte said she would support the bipartisan immigration overhaul and criticized "the broken immigration system we have now" as "unworthy of a great nation."

"The status quo isn't working. It's de facto amnesty. We need immigration reform that serves the best interests of our country," Ayotte said.

Rubio is part of the "gang of eight" who helped write the immigration legislation. Despite earlier criticisms of the bill, Rubio said on June 25 he is now fully satisfied with the "good piece of legislation."

Palin said the two should be challenged for their "flip-flopping."

“I think that they should be challenged,” Palin said. “I don’t have a problem with heated debates and contested primaries where they have to answer to constituents regarding their flip-flopping on their fundamental position of amnesty for illegal immigrants. I don’t have a problem at all with contested primaries. In fact, competition makes us all better and makes us be held accountable, and I’d like to see them held accountable and answer as to why it is that they flip-flopped.”



The Senate Immigration Gang Of Eight