Rubio puts foreign policy chops on display
May 31st, 2012
04:28 PM ET
9 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. Lump

    "Convinced beyond a shadow of a doubt"?? Do we start wars based on some dude's gut feelings?

    May 31, 2012 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  2. Marie MD

    Poor little beefcake boy. Why doesn't he go to Cuba to learn about foreign policy. Maybe they will throw him in jail where he belongs.
    The bishop is really scraping the bottom of the barrel with hecklers, buses in the enemy's camp, bullying, animal abuse, car elevators, likes to fire people, subsidies are ok if I say so but I am NOT a socialist, non working wifey, bullying, lying, gawd the more I write about him the more disgusted he seems.

    May 31, 2012 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  3. Ed FL

    You notice that this phony American Cuban has a lot to say but he never talks about all the FLORIDA GOP credit card money he used to fix his homes ,Massage parlors that came to a nice round figure about 95.000 dollars. He claims he is paying back school loans .40 yrs old and still paying ,a close look probably would divulge that he went to school as a Cuban Exhile which he wasn't his family came here in 1967 [before Castro. This GOP'ER is pretty slick.

    May 31, 2012 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  4. Ed FL

    Romney Please choose this hypocite to be on your ticket ,this will ensure that the GOP wil never see the White House this upcoming election.

    May 31, 2012 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  5. fullclarity

    Another lightweight, just like Mitt.

    May 31, 2012 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm |
  6. stephanie

    wow dick rubio should enlist since he is so pro war. maybe take some romoney boys with him.

    May 31, 2012 10:50 pm at 10:50 pm |
  7. stephanie


    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 10:51 pm at 10:51 pm |
  8. Is Mitt a Git?

    Marco Rubio, the anchor baby that half-penned the Blunt-Rubio bill. I won't run down a list of his gaffes and lies. If he is picked as Romney's VP, it will be as much fun to watch Rubio being vetted as it was to watch Sarah Palin get vetted. He is also 41, and a Jr. Senator. In a dire emergency involving the president, having an inexperienced, radical wet-behind-the-ears Cuban babe in the woods as VP will not fly–just wait and see. Mitt, you are a panderous fool!!

    May 31, 2012 11:38 pm at 11:38 pm |
  9. DocHollywood

    The republican response to anything concerning defense? War! Here's something novel. All you republicans in the house and congress pass a bill that reinstates the draft, with all people required to join, no exceptions. Then see how quickly 99% of these jerks become instant doves.

    May 31, 2012 11:57 pm at 11:57 pm |
  10. Richard "BONEHEAD" Cheney

    Wha haa haa – you have to be kidding. Foreign policy chops. Rubio's vast experience dealing with world issues is a joke. He can barely find his way around the Senate office complex.

    June 1, 2012 12:12 am at 12:12 am |
  11. ShrinkingClass

    Displacing American Labor Through Foreign Guest Worker Visas
    FLOORS AND FLOORS OF U.S. CITIZENS HAVE BEEN FORCED TO TRAIN foreigners from India in the U.S. on work visas, and then the U.S. citizen is layed off. 
    We, the taxpayers, are paying unemployment to the U.S. citizens.
    gut the CONGRESS of those working AGAINST U.S. citizens!

    June 1, 2012 01:20 am at 1:20 am |
  12. ha

    I think its all about to gain the jewish vote , and i wonder that any body can be a congress man . I found it very hard to get a job @ 711 ,

    June 1, 2012 01:32 am at 1:32 am |
  13. Thomas

    @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?

    So True !

    June 1, 2012 03:06 am at 3:06 am |
  14. J.V.Hodgson

    Fed up of war war war from Republicans.
    When will he get it that we cannot afford to go to war again over a nuclear bomb they dont have.... he forgets the cold war ended in this respect on the MAD, Mutually Assured Destruction basis, cuban missile crisis etc.
    The only solution will be in the end Diplomatically achieved on the brink of potential disaster.... the current and even more negotiations are a far better way forward than war with Iran; which if pursued would magnify terrorists efforts more than 10,000 fold from every Islamic nation on earth.
    Europe will not fight with you, and the UN this time will not create a coalition.
    If MR Rubio thinks a) we can go alone or b) create another coalition he clearly demonstrates a total lack of any creds in foreign policy. And Worse still the US voting majority.

    June 1, 2012 05:06 am at 5:06 am |
  15. LarryC

    Just another "Killer for Christ" neo-con!

    June 1, 2012 06:22 am at 6:22 am |
  16. switters

    Since when does being an "anchor-baby" qualify one in "foreign policy"..................

    June 1, 2012 07:31 am at 7:31 am |
  17. RenDoc

    Rank amatuer

    June 1, 2012 07:47 am at 7:47 am |
  18. Fair is Fair


    This guy is an idiot. Does he thin he has foreign policy experience by vertie of being portsrican....nonsense idiot...

    louis perez

    Let's see your citizenship you pork chop.
    Keep posting... keep posting. Your assistance to the conservative cause is greatly appreciated.

    June 1, 2012 08:19 am at 8:19 am |
  19. Anonymous

    Hint for politicians and journalists: Ripping off musician slang by using the word "chops" doesn't make you look or sound it cool. It makes you lame and pathetic.

    June 1, 2012 08:47 am at 8:47 am |
  20. Governor 47th in Job Growth

    Chops? That's a good one. I played risk and battleship as a kid. My chops > Rubio's. Perhaps his chops are residing with Iraq's WMDs. Try again.

    June 1, 2012 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
  21. Expat American

    The Republicans need to take care of their private Defense 'friends'. They intend to go to war with Iran with or without a valid reason. Joe the Plumber and Sarah Palin have been dispatched to Iran on 'Mission Betty Crocker Yellow Cake'.

    June 1, 2012 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
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