Rubio calls Clinton 'a 20th century candidate'
July 22nd, 2014
09:52 AM ET
5 years ago

Rubio calls Clinton 'a 20th century candidate'

(CNN) - Marco Rubio's apparently not so concerned if Hillary Clinton decides to make another run for the White House.

"I just think she's a 20th century candidate," the first-term senator from Florida and potential 2016 GOP presidential candidate told NPR.

"I think she does not offer an agenda for moving America forward in the 21st century, at least not up till now," Rubio said, in an interview with "Morning Edition" that posted early Tuesday.

"The truth of the matter is she was the secretary of state during an administration that has had virtually no successes on foreign policy," Rubio added.

This is far from the first time Rubio's been critical of Clinton's tenure as America's top diplomat.

"First, I think she's going to be asked to account for her time as secretary of state and I don't think it's the sterling success people think it is. Quite frankly, much of the foreign policy failures we see in place today began when she ran the Department of State," Rubio told CNN's Wolf Blitzer in an interview in February on "The Situation Room."

"Should she decide to run for president, Hillary Clinton would present a forward-thinking agenda, one that presents new, bold ideas to keep our country moving in the right direction. With his history supporting the Tea Party’s outdated, regressive policies, Senator Rubio is the one stuck in the stone ages. This is nothing but a desperate attempt by him to divert from his failed legislative record," Adrienne Elrod, communications director at the pro-Clinton rapid response shop Correct The Record, told CNN.

Clinton has said she'll decide on running for the White House by the end of this year or early next year. Rubio, who's also up for re-election to the Senate in 2016, said in the NPR interview that he'd make up his mind by early 2015.

"There's a lot of work to be done if you're going to run for president, or if you're going to run for re-election in a state as big as Florida," Rubio added.

CNN Political Editor Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report


Filed under: 2016 • Hillary Clinton • Marco Rubio
soundoff (64 Responses)
  1. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA - Take Back the House

    "The truth of the matter is she was the secretary of state during an administration that has had virtually no successes on foreign policy,"
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    And what are your foreign policy bonafides Sen. "I can't back my own legislation" Rubio? This quagmire going on in Iraq would never be going on if we never invaded Iraq to begin with. Let's hear your 21st century ideas Marco.......We're waiting.

    July 22, 2014 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  2. Lynda/Minnesota

    "I think she does not offer an agenda for moving America forward in the 21st century, at least not up till now," Rubio said"

    Yes, well. I've been waiting (with a great deal of patience I might add) for the whole "moving America forward" vision from GOPerville. Unfortunately, trash Obama blah, blah, blah has taken top billing. Not exactly my cup of tea: Obama will not be on the ticket in 2016, and thus, is not my "top" vote priority.

    "There's a lot of work to be done if you're going to run for president, or if you're going to run for re-election in a state as big as Florida," Rubio added."

    In other words, Clinton will be a formidable candidate, and as such, he'll stick with "big Florida".

    July 22, 2014 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  3. DRAKE MALLARD

    Marco Rubio is a product of entitlement through the mechanisms of the most corrupt political system I have seen (at the surface) during my lifetime in Florida.Trying to look more Hispanic by referring to the same Marco Rubio who talks big but fails to deliver? I am a firm believer of Washington living by the same standards as the people, across the board (in terms of benefits, salaries, vacations, retirement, etc.). The question is, is this guy in over his head or not ? I am not alone in thinking he is not representing all Floridians? We could go into politics like rubio. Using our state Amex card for my personal things, still be in college tuition debt, and buy a second home with other legislators and let it go onto foreclosure. Not sure what advice you could those that pay their bills for someone that has healthcare insurance through the taxpayer.Hey Marco, man-up, Why not enlist and do a couple of tours of duty over there? You're young enough. How about shedding some of your own blood for once? Maybe, you'll be less gung-ho to shed someone else's..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."Marco Rubio, was paying thousands to Bovo's firm absentee Helping Rubio cruise to a surprise win was a political consulting firm owned by Viviana Bovo, the wife of county Commissioner Esteban Bovo. She was paid $19,637 for "political strategy" and "consulting" by Rubio's campaign.Marco Rubio, was paying thousands to Bovo's firm absentee voting 78,223 absentee votes, compared to 26,533 for Meek and 25,478 for Crist. He claims to be an expert schooled in Climate Science

    July 22, 2014 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  4. DRAKE MALLARD

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

    A Cuban on the ballot means nothing to the general population of the
    Hispanic community. Most Latin Americans don't like Cubans

    Cubans have enjoyed a status not accorded to any other immigrant group over time. In this work,Illegal Immigrants from Cuba: Preferential Treatment

    Of course no republican will say anything about this as most cubans tend to vote republican

    July 22, 2014 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  5. Mr. D

    Rubio is more of an 18th century candidate.

    July 22, 2014 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  6. Mr. D

    Rubio is an 19th century candidate.

    July 22, 2014 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  7. Bob Marley

    If that's true, then Rubio is a 19th century candidate.

    July 22, 2014 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  8. it must be said

    I prefer Democrat Dinosaur.

    July 22, 2014 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  9. Rudy NYC

    Republicans have made it perfectly clear what they are against. If we put them in charge, do we know what they stand for? In a way, we do. They're gonna shove the Ryan Budget at us again, claiming that it is new and improved. In other words, they want to push economic theories that have been disproven since early in the 20th century.

    July 22, 2014 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  10. Brian Fejer

    This from the guy who doesn't even believe in science, or that the explosion of the human population over the last 100 years hasn't had a negative effect on our planet, its resources, and its climate. He also was too cowardly to tackle comprehensive immigration reform. Given the FUBAR mess that Obama/Clinton inherited, their record isn't as bad as Bush/Cheney.

    July 22, 2014 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  11. ch hoff

    her 20th century candidate can trump any Republican who comes along with a 19th century ideology and a platform yearns to return to the 18th

    July 22, 2014 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  12. Brian Fejer

    This from the guy who doesn't believe in science, or that the massive explosion of the human population over the last 100 years hasn't had a negative effect on the planet, its resources, and its climate. Given the FUBAR mess that Obama/Clinton inherited, their record isn't that bad. Its certainly not as bad as Bush/Cheney.

    July 22, 2014 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  13. salty dog

    You mean it would take a lot of work to make you appear electable.

    July 22, 2014 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  14. Mindblower

    Interesting to hear a GOP politician talking about moving forward when all his party wants for us is to move backward...

    July 22, 2014 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  15. Sniffit

    Meanwhile, the GOP/Teatrolls offer us nothing but 19th century ((and in some cases 14th century) candidates, so what's his freekin point?

    Keep tapdancin' Rubio...one of these days you'll learn rhythm if you just keep at it. In the meantime, your missteps amuse me.

    July 22, 2014 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  16. Rob Parker

    ...which places the GOP platform he's running on in the 18th century.

    July 22, 2014 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  17. sonny chapman

    As a once Hippie-wanna -be(don't trust anyone over 30), who's approaching 60, I have observed the value of wisdom through experience, especially in those charged w/making BIG Decisions.

    July 22, 2014 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  18. guest

    hmm, so he avoids saying anything about any issues going on, but takes a swipe at hillary. Standard operating procedures, I see. The republican strategy on display.

    July 22, 2014 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  19. Silence DoGood

    Conservative gainsaying: Whenever someone points out something conservatives espouse, they always retort "Oh no you are!" That reminds me of the Monty Python "Argument" sketch.

    Every other argument from conservatives talks about undoing progress or returning to an imaginary past. So naturally a TP fool would accuse others of this without the benefit of factual context.

    July 22, 2014 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  20. rs

    By Rubio's metric, he then is a Nineteenth century candidate given his views on immigration and the working class.

    July 22, 2014 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  21. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    "The truth of the matter is she was the secretary of state during an administration that has had virtually no successes on foreign policy," Rubio added.
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    He actually had the nerve to say "The truth of the matter" when spewing that big ole lie.
    Republicans are worthless.

    July 22, 2014 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  22. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    I think she does not offer an agenda for moving America forward in the 21st century, at least not up till now,"
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    With 2016 just around the corner, one might say, Republicans can't even come up with a viable candidate to throw at the masses, much less someone who is not hellbent on bringing us back to the 1950's.
    Who do you have Rubio?
    What alternative are you offering or are you just knocking down the opposition in the hopes that no one notices that "thus far" you have no one?

    July 22, 2014 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  23. salty dog

    What's he done again? Oh that's right, wasted time on bills he won't get to vote on . I fail to see why he would ever think he's in a position to critic anyone, on anything. A bump on a log has more worth than his contribution so far.

    July 22, 2014 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  24. Dallas

    I'd rather have a 20th century Hillary than a 12th century Rubio. The nerve of this charlatan!

    July 22, 2014 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  25. Longtimer

    "The truth of the matter is she was the secretary of state during an administration that has had virtually no successes on foreign policy," Rubio added.
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    This from a representative of the party of George W. Bush!?

    I never knew Rubio could do stand-up!

    July 22, 2014 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
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