The Republican Party is banking on Marco Rubio to save them from their Cruz/Trump future, but Hillary Clinton showed the GOP a new nightmare by destroying Rubio in minutes on CBS’s Face The Nation.
DICKERSON: Good morning, Secretary Clinton.
After this prisoner exchange, Senator Marco Rubio said — quote — “If you take an American hostage, Barack Obama will cut a deal with you, whether it’s Bowe Bergdahl, what he did with the Castro brothers, and now what he’s done with Iran.”
Your reaction to that?
HILLARY CLINTON (D), PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: Well, I think it’s just typical political rhetoric, and it overlooks some very basic, important issues.
Number one, we always try to get Americans back who are unjustly held. I certainly did when I was secretary of state. And when I was a senator, I advocated for the Bush administration to do the same for people who have been unlawfully held in foreign countries.
Secondly, the important news here is that the Iranian agreement to put a lid on the nuclear weapons program of Iran is being implemented. The Iranians have so far fulfilled their side of the bargain by destroying centrifuges, by shipping out 98 percent or so of their enriched uranium out of their country, even making one of their plutonium reactors under construction no longer able to be ever used because they have poured cement into it.
So, the real issue here is, if you’re committed to making the world safer and to show strong American leadership, you have to engage in patient, persistent diplomacy with people who are not your friends. They are on the other side of a lot of the issues and values that you hold very dear, and that is certainly true for the United States.
Marco Rubio is supposed to be the Republican establishment’s great hope who can take the nomination from Trump and Cruz then go on to defeat Hillary Clinton in the fall. This is the story that Republicans and the mainstream media have been telling themselves. The problem is that Marco Rubio isn’t very smart when it comes to foreign policy. He is definitely not as skilled, experience, and intelligent as former Sec. of State Clinton.
The worst nightmare for Republicans is that Rubio somehow wins their nomination then falls flat on his face when debating Clinton. The ease with which Clinton dismantled Rubio’s point should scare Republicans and give voters a reason to respect Bernie Sanders. None of the Republican candidates seem like they would have a chance against Clinton, but Sanders is going toe to toe with her in the early states.
Republicans find themselves hoping that Sanders wins because they think that he would be easier to beat than Hillary Clinton. Former Sec. Clinton tossed Rubio’s point aside like it was nothing.
The Republican establishment better go back to the drawing board, because Marco Rubio looks outmatched against Hillary Clinton.