May 12th, 2014
10:56 AM ET
6 months ago

Inside Politics Speed Read: Rubio expresses doubts on climate change, gives Hillary an ‘F’

Marco Rubio returns: He lost a fair amount of buzz after the bipartisan and sweeping immigration reform bill he helped usher through the Senate. But the young GOP senator from Florida apparently still sees himself as a potential presidential contender.

Rubio was candid when asked by ABC’s Jonathan Karl on Sunday’s “This Week” whether he thinks he’s ready to be president.

“I do,” he said. “I think that’s true for multiple other people that would want to run.”

Rubio maintained that he has the necessary experience for the job.

“I mean, I’ll be 43 this month, but the other thing that perhaps people don’t realize: I’ve served now in public office for the better part of 14 years,” he said. “And most importantly, I think a president has to have a clear vision of where the country needs to go and clear ideas about how to get it there. And I think we’re very blessed in our party to have a number of people that fit that criteria.”

Rubio was in New Hampshire over the weekend, making a high-profile visit to the early primary state.

Despite his middle-of-the-road efforts on immigration, Rubio made it clear he will take a harder line in other areas.

Rubio disputes scientists on climate change: On climate change, for instance, Rubio said that despite what scientists say, he doesn’t think human activities are changing the climate and he doesn’t think we can do anything to stop the changing of the climate.

“I do not believe that human activity is causing these dramatic changes to our climate the way these scientists are portraying it … and I do not believe that the laws that they propose we pass will do anything about it, except it will destroy our economy,” he said.

Rubio’s stance may set the bar for Republican candidates such as Sen. Rand Paul as they start to position themselves for 2016.

And Rubio made sure to draw a line between himself and Paul in one area. Paul has supported a law in Kentucky that would allow him to run concurrently for president and seek re-election to the Senate.

If he decides to seek the 2016 GOP nomination, Rubio told ABC’s Karl he wouldn’t run for Senate too, arguing that a presidential campaign is an all-or-nothing proposition.

He was even more critical of another potential 2016 rival. Rubio told ABC he would give Democrat Hillary Clinton an “F” for her tenure as secretary of state.

Biden laying groundwork for 2016? While Rubio was in New Hampshire, Vice President Joe Biden was down visiting South Carolina. He delivered a commencement address Friday at the University of South Carolina in Columbia and later he spoke to Democrats in that state.

Three sources at a fund-raiser confirmed to CNN’s Peter Hamby that Biden made comments touching on the economic policies of former President Bill Clinton. The remarks could be an appetizer to a potential primary fight that Biden could launch against Hillary Clinton if she runs for president. Biden struck a populist tone and focused on the importance of social programs.

The three sources told Hamby that Biden said the fraying of middle-class economic security did not begin during President George W. Bush’s presidency but in the “later years of the Clinton administration.”

Related: Biden delivers Elizabeth Warren-style speech in South Carolina

Obamacare poll: Americans don’t want to scrap law: A CNN/ORC International poll released Sunday shows that while the health law is not popular, it may not be toxic either. A majority of Americans want either to leave the law as is (12%) or keep it and make changes to fix it (49%). Fewer say they think the law should be repealed and replaced (18%) or scrapped altogether (20%). If you add together those who want to keep the law and those who want to improve it, support is above 60% for some parts of the law.

Delay for Democrats on Benghazi inquiry: CNN’s John King reports Democrats are unlikely to decide if they should take part in a politically charged special congressional inquiry into the 2012 attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, until House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi can meet with House Speaker John Boehner. The House, however, is out of session all week.


Filed under: 2014 • 2016 • Joe Biden • Marco Rubio
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  1. The REAL Truth...

    The bigger question that should be asked is whether anyone wants this clown as POTUS. The GOP really needs to do a better job of coming up with moderate candidates, if they expect a majority of Americans to vote for them. With only one popular vote win in the last 25 yrs, they are unlikely to come to their sense any time soon. With policy failures on immigration, budget, jobs and veterans benefits, with 50+ attempts to repeal their own healthcare legislation, with shutting down the Federal Govt at a cost of some $24 BIllion, with downgrading our credit rating (that will cost us many more Billions in interest), they have yet to realize that independent voters and intelligent Americans are tired of seeing the without a valid platform and a viable candidate. Doing everything to prevent Obama from getting a victory on anything is not a platform. Neither is Benghazi, Benghazi, Benghazi.. The American people are tired of the BS.

    May 12, 2014 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  2. Rudy NYC

    " I think a president has to have a clear vision of where the country needs to go and clear ideas about how to get it there. "
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    Does anyone have any idea what he's talking about? I ask because he hasn't expressed any ideas, at least not original ones.

    May 12, 2014 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  3. rs

    With the slightest bit of truth, Rubio is right- humans (by themselves) are not causing climate change. Their tools, their factories, their industries, their cars, their power plants, however are. Only a fool can think we can continually fill our atmosphere with waste gases and that it will not have an effect.
    To some extent, Rubio's explanation is highly illustrative- Humans by extension are both guiltless (and expendable), corporations we must coddles and protected at all costs- right up until the planet is a cinder.

    May 12, 2014 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  4. Tommy G

    Delay for Democrats on Benghazi inquiry: CNN’s John King reports Democrats are unlikely to decide if they should take part in a politically charged special congressional inquiry into the 2012 attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, until House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi can meet with House Speaker John Boehner. The House, however, is out of session all week.
    --

    What do the Democrats have to hide? All they have done is to try and help the White House obstruct these investigations. Delay, lie, obfuscate, withhold documents, hide witnesses, you name it. There has NEVER been an organized cover up and lie fest like Obama, Hillary Clinton, Susan Rice and the Democrat Party have done with Benghazi. There was obvious negligence, incompetence and malfeasence on their part. But these massive efforts to hide the truth and spin a tale of lies says there is something far more odious here.

    May 12, 2014 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  5. rs

    Rudy NYC

    " I think a president has to have a clear vision of where the country needs to go and clear ideas about how to get it there. "
    --------------–
    Does anyone have any idea what he's talking about? I ask because he hasn't expressed any ideas, at least not original ones.
    __________________________
    No Republican has- except cut taxes for the rich.

    May 12, 2014 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  6. The Republican Party Is Dead To Me

    Another flat earth advocate, hell bent on taking all of us over the edge to get what he wants. As far as Hillary, getting an F from the likes of a wannabe, it's laughable and sad all at the same time. She's a shoe in, he's not even a contender. He comes up short in many a category.

    May 12, 2014 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  7. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA - Take Back the House

    “And most importantly, I think a president has to have a clear vision of where the country needs to go and clear ideas about how to get it there."
    --------------------------------
    You pass an immigration bill and won't stand by it. You're a coward and not cut out to be President. The days of republican Presidents are over. You're party's racists element has done you guys in for quite some time now.

    May 12, 2014 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  8. O'drama ya Mama

    Judging by Rubio's past he is the kind of guy who would run for President but cast a vote for someone else.

    May 12, 2014 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  9. Chris-E...al

    Plant more trees save our topsoil take ships out of sea to make water level low again and bak to normal ?

    May 12, 2014 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  10. ProudDem

    I kind of put this on the same level as the GOP congressman I heard this morning on the radio who after hearing all the military commanders testify before congress that there were no forces that could have gotten to Benghazi in time the night of the attacks said he "didn't agree with that". Really? You, who don't serve, sitting in your D.C. congressional office know better somehow than the guys who actually do that job. And Rubio knows better than scientists due to his massive credentials as a climate expert.

    May 12, 2014 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  11. Sniffit

    "What do the Democrats have to hide? All they have done is to try and help the White House obstruct these investigations. Delay, lie, obfuscate, withhold documents, hide witnesses, you name it. There has NEVER been an organized cover up and lie fest like Obama, Hillary Clinton, Susan Rice and the Democrat Party have done with Benghazi. There was obvious negligence, incompetence and malfeasence on their part. But these massive efforts to hide the truth and spin a tale of lies says there is something far more odious here."

    Teatroll Rosetta Stone says: "Blah blah blah there are elephants hiding in the strawberry patch and the fact that I can't find them proves they're just good at hiding."

    May 12, 2014 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  12. Sniffit

    "Does anyone have any idea what he's talking about?"

    Nope. Not even him.

    May 12, 2014 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  13. Lizzie

    Tommy G, have you not been listening to Pres.Obama, this is the most transparent administration, there could not be a cover up or protecting higher ups, some paper just take longer to produce.

    May 12, 2014 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  14. emskadittle

    well rubio is going to have to run on his record, he might want to actually get something accomplished

    May 12, 2014 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  15. it must be stated

    Global Warming/Global Cimate Change is nothing but the latest in a very long list of left wing farces and frauds. If they had their way we would have spent trillions to avoid the coming Ice Age that these same clowns predicted in the 1970s. They turned it into "global warming" until that was proven to be a fraud and untrue. Now they have morphed into "climate change" becaue the weather is ALWAYS and always has been changing so of course how do you disprove that?

    Just more BS and quackery by the far left to push their anti-fossil fuel policies. As they say, never let a cirsis go unused and even if there isn;t one, make one up, then use it.

    May 12, 2014 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  16. Thomas

    Meet the new generation of not very deep thinking politicians who's life is documented on Twitter !

    See Marco Run , See Marco Tweet , See Marco water a plant .

    There is nothing real or soulful about the new combined lobbyist politician !

    May 12, 2014 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  17. Silence DoGood

    @Rudy NYC
    " I think a president has to have a clear vision of where the country needs to go and clear ideas about how to get it there. "
    --------------–
    Does anyone have any idea what he's talking about? I ask because he hasn't expressed any ideas, at least not original ones.
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    He is very slick with a statement like this. Being fuzzy and vague allows all the various conspiracy theory folks out there to get excited.

    May 12, 2014 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  18. 2_indy1600

    The elephants in the room are Benghazi, IRS, VA, Obamacouldn'tcareless, Keep your Doctor, Save you $2500, and the Podesta clown in the WH, and don't forget Lanny "Nasty" Davis. What hypocrits! Dems need to save the WH for Chelsea, you know, the one that actually GRADUATED and did some work while at Oxford. Glad to see OFA off the SOFA, though.

    May 12, 2014 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  19. Thomas

    Meet the new generation of not very deep thinking politicians who's life is documented on Twitter !

    See Marco Run , See Marco Tweet , See Marco water a plant .

    There is nothing real or soulful about the new combined lobbyist politician !

    Climate Change is only in the MIND ?

    May 12, 2014 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  20. Tommy G

    Lizzie
    Tommy G, have you not been listening to Pres.Obama, this is the most transparent administration, there could not be a cover up or protecting higher ups, some paper just take longer to produce.
    --

    Yeah, just more lies from these leftists. Even the NYT, a leftwing controlled news paper, is running editorials about how the Obama adminstration is far less open than the Bush administration. You can almost count on a tale of lies and fabrication from these people. Carney is a total joke now because of all the lies he has told.

    May 12, 2014 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  21. Rudy NYC

    Why is it that everything that Republicans say sounds the same. "Hodor. Hodor. Hodor."

    May 12, 2014 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  22. Gunderson

    What do democrats have to hide? Their Record, my friend, their record. I hear, by the grapevine that Obama wanted his Treasury Chief or a flunky to lie about Social Security not adding to the National Debt. Now how many of you believe that? But, remember, there are Shovel Ready Jobs out there and if you like your Nanny you can keep your nanny, period.

    May 12, 2014 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  23. Lynda/Minnesota

    " ...and I do not believe that the laws that they propose we pass will do anything about it, except it will destroy our economy,” he said."

    Wrecked economy or damaged beyond repair Earth? Hmmm. Were I a betting person I would have to go with damaging our planet Earth beyond repair.

    From what I understand Planet Earth is non-replaceable and cannot be reproduced.

    Billionaires? Absolutely replaceable.

    May 12, 2014 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  24. Gurgyl

    -no one dead with these trivial stuff, but WMD lies killed many. Republican garbage no one listens. Yes, you now have healthcare. ACA LAW saving millions.

    May 12, 2014 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  25. Thomas

    Rubio believes the Earth rotates around a McDonald's Big Mac.

    May 12, 2014 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
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