Trying to Revive His Prospects, Rubio Pushes Strength Abroad – NYTimes.com
OXON HILL, Md. — Alarmed by the rise of noninterventionist voices in his party, Senator Marco Rubio, Republican of Florida, is aiming to revive his political prospects in an unlikely way: trying to become the leading voice for a muscular brand of foreign policy.
The road to presidential success in Iowa and New Hampshire may not run through the Crimean Peninsula or the streets of Caracas, but in recent weeks Mr. Rubio has used Russia’s incursion into Ukraine and the violent clashes in Venezuela to remind Republicans of their orthodoxy — projecting strength abroad — and of why he was such a favorite in the party before seeing his popularity slip over his backing of an immigration overhaul.
Marco Rubio CPAC 2014
On Thursday, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) addressed the 2014 Conservative Political Action Conference attendees with a fiery speech focused on redefining America’s approach to foreign affairs. He defined the threats he warned that the United States will face in the near future and defined current and long-term America’s economic challenges in terms relating to the preservation of free trade guaranteed by American military and diplomatic strength.
“We are right on the verge, if we make a few right decisions, of a new American century,” Rubio began. He took a populist approach to arguing against “big government” by saying that large corporations are able to “deal with big government,” while other smaller firms are not able to compete. He added that Democratic politicians are creating “disunity” in the country by focusing on addressing “inequality” rather than expanding access to opportunity.
Rubio wants U.S. attention on Venezuela crisis
By Franco Ordonez
McClatchy Washington Bureau
Published: Thursday, Mar. 6, 2014 – 1:51 pm
WASHINGTON — As violence intensifies in Venezuela, Sen. Marco Rubio faults the White House for being preoccupied with the crisis in Ukraine and not paying appropriate attention to our much closer neighbor.
The Florida Republican and possible 2016 presidential candidate has been one of the most outspoken proponents in Washington for imposing deep economic sanctions against Venezuela. But he said Thursday he hasn’t heard anything from the White House on his and others’ proposals to cut off resources to what he calls an illegitimate government.
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