Rubio puts foreign policy chops on display
May 31st, 2012
04:28 PM ET
6 years ago

Rubio puts foreign policy chops on display

(CNN) – Sen. Marco Rubio showcased his foreign policy experience at an event on Thursday at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York, as another Republican presumed to be on Mitt Romney's vice presidential shortlist visited Israel.

Rubio said he is "convinced without a shadow of a doubt that Iran is pursuing a nuclear weapons program," and reluctantly expects that negotiations with and sanctions upon the Mideast nation will fail. In that case, "a military option may be necessary."

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"Everything else should fail if we get to that stage.," Rubio said, adding that he does not want to "come across as some sort of saber rattling person."

While Rubio spoke, his Senate colleague, Rob Portman of Ohio, was in Israel, where he met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Rubio said Syria is seen as a "test case" by other nations as to U.S. resolve, and said that there are times for unilateral action.

He also fielded questions on Egypt and domestic politics, saying that the GOP's message of "economic mobility and economic empowerment" should resonate with Latino voters, if the party "invests the time" communicating with Hispanic voters.

Asked his thoughts about sharing the presidential ticket with Romney, Rubio shook his head.

Declining to go deeper into the question, he replied, "I appreciate you trying to work that in."

- CNN's Gregory Wallace contributed to this report

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Filed under: 2012 • 2012 VP Pick • Marco Rubio
soundoff (71 Responses)
  1. Hap

    He's running for Dick Chaney's job, must be, sounds just like him. Sleeze of the highest order this guy is. These guys are just itching to get other peoples kids killed it has become there way. What a shame this is what's become of a once proud party.

    May 31, 2012 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  2. getoverit

    Wow! All these postings are really disturbing. I'm amazed to see the amount of hatred spewed in the comments. You people scare me!

    May 31, 2012 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  3. GI Joe

    More wars for the republcians. Tell ya what Mr Cuba. why don't YOU enlist and go fight in those wars? Too chicken? Like your parents?

    May 31, 2012 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  4. GI Joe

    Since when do jr. senators sit in on top-secret daily briefings at the White House?

    We still haven't found those "for sure" WMDs in Iraq. Shooting off his mouth is what that idiot is best at.

    May 31, 2012 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  5. Al-NY,NY

    the lying anchor baby has "chops" eh?? How typical that when BooBoo is in the picture, the GOP go into their "we love Israel and the Democrats hate them" mode. This liteweight will do NOTHING to help Mittens if tapped for VP

    May 31, 2012 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  6. Larry L

    But can Rubio beat-out Ted "Mr. Crappy-pants" Nugent? Can he beat-out Donald "The Billionaire Birther" Trump? Romney has such a classy bunch of choices!

    May 31, 2012 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  7. once upon a horse

    @ getoverit...

    you think THIS is scary...go to the FoxNews boards. Now THAT'S scary....and mainly untruths.

    May 31, 2012 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  8. once upon a horse

    I would love to see Rubio come to some of the Hispanic areas here in Texas and try to recruit voters for Romney. I doubt very seriously if he could withstand the names he would be called....

    May 31, 2012 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  9. arale norimaki

    The same Marco Rubio? That Talks Big but Fails to Deliver?

    Why keep trotting out this Marco Rubio=Anchor Baby character? He has
    nothing to say and basically no one gives =Running on Empty aka joke

    May 31, 2012 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  10. Steven Colo

    "We should invade Iran" is foreign policy chops. Whatever.

    May 31, 2012 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  11. arale norimaki

    Will the Birthers Scrutinize Marco Rubio's U.S. Citizenship?

    Marco Rubio born to Cuban exiles? Not true, after all."Marco Rubio Lied About His Cuban Exile Immigrant Background"

    Rubio's 2010 senate campaign was fined $8,000 by the Federal Elections Committee for receiving "prohibited, excessive and other impermissible contributions totaling $210,173.09."
    it time to recall this clown

    May 31, 2012 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  12. arale norimaki

    How come rich people, rich families with young sons/daughters, sons of politicians, etc. don't enlist in military? don't they like American?

    To the politicians War is good for business invest own your children!

    How come politicians never join the military when they are sending other people children to war?

    May 31, 2012 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  13. there is profit in fear.....aka payback

    ...If mitt and rubio. Become the next presi and vice presi. I hope mitt's, five able-bodied sons are ready for combat?....The must be the ones who ' lead the way'........IRAN OR BUST....

    May 31, 2012 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  14. Marty, FL

    The neocon warmongers are at it again trying to send us backwards to Bush's failed foreign policy–same as Romney's ideology with 17 Bush advisors chosen to join Romney.

    No gracias, Rubio.

    May 31, 2012 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  15. ST

    Is Rubio aware that even Sarah Palin visited Israel as well. We can see what she is now doing as VP!

    May 31, 2012 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  16. rs

    Here we go again- the chickenhawks want war with Iran.

    May 31, 2012 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  17. Mr 1% the "VULTURE CAPITALIST BUSINESSMAN" will outsource all the poor, disabled, unemployed and elderly, to China and sell America to the highest bidder!

    The only "chops" this twit has to "display" are normally found on a grill.

    May 31, 2012 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  18. gop usa

    Deport Rubio,he is an Anchor baby who sells out the american worker to illegals,I am a repub and think he is a traitor to his partyu and a sell out to the mexican illegals..

    May 31, 2012 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  19. Silence DoGood

    The republicans are talking war? Remember Obama added Libya to the war fronts for a time. And has killed quite a number of people, combatants and villagers, with robot drones. And broke his promise on tribunals and Guantanamo. So this republican war talk isn't really much of a contrast to our current war president.

    May 31, 2012 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  20. oustobamavanjonesobama

    Seems like no matter how hard we on the right try to make you anti-American progressives happy, it's just not going to happen,LMAO!!!

    May 31, 2012 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  21. Debbie

    LOL Foreign policy experience? Visiting places is not foreign policy experience. Sitting on a committee is not foreign policy experience. Rubio has visiting and meeting experience not foreign policy experience.

    May 31, 2012 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  22. the Situation

    Oh Bother.This is the same guy that couldn't read of his crip notes when talking about foreign policy. NEXT!

    May 31, 2012 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  23. Sean

    Military options may be necessary, huh? You can be on the frontlines then, Marco Polo. You look about young enough to be a soldier.

    May 31, 2012 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  24. Anonymous

    Reporters and politicians need to stop ripping off and misusing musician slang. Most them are so incompetent that their "chops", if translated to equivalent musical ability, would get them laughed out of a jam session.

    May 31, 2012 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  25. Tubby the Tuba Texas

    Elect a Repuglian and you'll elect another war we can't afford and the deaths of many sons and daughters!

    May 31, 2012 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
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