Washington (CNN) - Florida Senate candidate Marco Rubio questioned Tuesday whether Faisal Shahzad, the suspect in Saturday's botched Times Square car bombing, should have been read his Miranda rights by officials following his arrest.
"If this individual has information that could help us prevent future attacks and loss of life, nothing should stand in the way of that, including Miranda," Rubio told reporters in Washington, where he was visiting for a series of finance-related events.
His remarks mirrored criticism by fellow Republicans like Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona, and Rep. Pete King, R-New York, both of whom said Tuesday that law enforcement officials should have interrogated the suspect before reading him the rights.
Shahzad is an American citizen. FBI Deputy Director John Pistole said the suspect was questioned before and after having his Miranda rights read to him.
Attorney General Eric Holder said Shahzad admitted involvement in what authorities have now labeled an attempted terrorist attack.
Rubio argued that the priority for federal officials in terrorism cases should be intelligence gathering in order to prevent future attacks.
Asked if Shahzad should have been read his Miranda rights, Rubio answered: "It all depends on how they are going to try him."
"After 9/11, the primary goal of our war on terror has been to prevent future attacks, not just to punish terrorists, but to prevent future attacks," he said. "And part of the problem with Miranda is that it prevents you from accessing information."