Nearly a week after Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) announced his bid for the White House, the Republican senator from Florida lashed out at Democratic presidential contender Hillary Clinton--attacking her foreign policy record as Secretary of State.
During an interview on CBS’s Face the Nation on Sunday, Rubio slammed Clinton's leadership under the Obama administration--calling it "a disaster for America."
“We cannot ignore that she was the Secretary of State during the first four years of the Obama presidency and has virtually no meaningful achievements to show for it," he said.
Rubio continued to bash the president’s foreign policy and blamed Clinton saying, “America has less influence in the world than it did four to six years ago. Today, our allies trust us less. Our enemies fear us less.” His comments come after similar remarks he made on Friday—blaming the president’s “failed policies” for the increasing instability in the Middle East.
Speaking to a crowd at a New Hampshire dinner last week, Rubio expressed serious doubts about the pending nuclear deal with Iran warning that war with Iran may be necessary if the country doesn’t respect the deal’s framework and proceeds to build nuclear weapons.
“We may have to decide at some point what is worse: a military strike against Iran or a nuclear-armed Iran,” Rubio said during a question-and-answer session. “I am not cheerleading for war. I don’t want there to be the need to use military force, but a nuclear Iran is an unacceptable risk for the region and the world.”
Rubio’s comments come just days after he officially announced his presidential candidacy. Since then he’s enjoyed a steady rise in the polls. A Mason-Dixon poll from last week shows Rubio slightly ahead of former Gov. Jeb Bush in Florida.
Rubio wasn’t the only one taking jabs at Clinton this Sunday. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) who is a likely presidential contender as well blasted Clinton for not doing enough to fight big money in politics.
“I do have doubts that Hillary Clinton or any Republican out there will take on big-money special interests,” Sanders said during an interview on Fox News Sunday. He added, “In America, if we are going to be successful in taking on the billionaire class, we need a strong grassroots movement.”
Sanders is expected to announce his presidential bid in the coming months. So far, Clinton, Sens. Ted Cruz (R- TX) and Rand Paul (R-KY) have officially announced their bids for the White House.
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