Marco Rubio Melts Down Into A Puddle Of Science Denying Bigotry On Face The Nation

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In a matter of a few minutes, Sen. Marco Rubio went from touting his young and fresh ideas to melting into a pile science denying, warmongering, bigotry on CBS’s Face The Nation.

Transcript via Face The Nation:

SCHIEFFER: When we sat down with Marco Rubio at the Manchester Community College, he had choice words on Hillary Clinton, said, flatly, we may have to go to war with the Iranians to stop them from building a nuclear weapon. And he talked candidly about deciding to run against his friend and mentor Jeb Bush.

We started with a simple question. Why do you want to be president?

RUBIO: I believe the country is living a historic moment. It’s transitioning into this post-industrial era, an era of extraordinary opportunity.

Our ideas are now allowing our nation to fulfill its potential in this new century. I believe I have the ideas for the country. I believe I have the vision for the country. I believe I am positioned to help lead this country to this new American century.

I think the 21st century is going to be better than the 20th century. But there’s some things we are going to have to do to make that happen.

SCHIEFFER: You said the other day that this election presents a generational choice about what kind of country we’re going to be. Didn’t we just do that?

RUBIO: Well, we — I think Obama campaigned on some of those themes. Unfortunately, his ideas don’t help achieve it. It’s not just enough to have new ideas. They have to be good ideas.

After not really answering the question about why he wants to be president, Rubio gave voters a sample of his “new ideas.”


Here’s Rubio on climate change, “I believe climate is changing because there’s never been a moment where the climate is not changing. The question is, what percentage of that or what is due to human activity? If we do the things they want us to do, cap and trade, you name it, how much will that change the pace of climates change vs. how much will it cost to our economy? Scientists can’t tell us what impact it would have on reversing these changes. But I can tell you with certainty it would have a devastating impact on our economy.”

Later, Sen. Rubio talked about same-sex marriage, “Well, first, it’s not that I’m against gay marriage. I believe the definition of the institution of marriage should be between one man and one woman….And I don’t believe same-sex marriage is a constitutional right.”

Sen. Rubio also told Bob Schieffer that war with Iran is on the table, “If you cross this threshold, you will face military action on the part of the United States. We don’t want that to happen. But the risk of a nuclear Iran is so great that that option must be on the table.”

Rubio’s fresh new Republican ideas for the 21st Century involve discriminating against gays, denying the science behind climate change and war with Iran. The self-described young and fresh Republican is carrying around the same old and tired Republican ideas.

Rubio went from touting himself as the fresh young Republican leader for a new century to expressing your senior citizen Fox News watching neighbor’s views on gay marriage and climate change. As soon as Rubio left behind his campaign slogans, what was revealed was more of the same.

Marco Rubio’s young and fresh campaign can’t hide the musty smell of its old and unpopular Republican ideas.

69 Replies to “Marco Rubio Melts Down Into A Puddle Of Science Denying Bigotry On Face The Nation”

  1. Ah, Jason, you missed the best part. He actually said that he believed homosexuals were “born that way,” but still wants legal discriminatory privileges left in place. Somebody forgot to give him the memo about saying homosexuality is a “choice” is the ONLY way to maintain the fiction. Acknowledging that they were ‘born that way’ eliminates any and all fictional excuses for the bigotry.

  2. Listen to the New GOP – It’s the Same as the Old GOP. He may be a young, wet-behind-the-ears Koch-sucker, but he still whistles the same tune as he sucks!

  3. This “little-boy” has to spend some time cleaning a few toilets and catching a few dogs before he can even think about being the “President” of the U.S.A.. This young “kid” is a couple of cans “short” of a six-pack. If you ask me.

  4. “Senator Rubio, if you couldn’t stand up to the right-wing of your party and defend your own immigration reform bill that passed on a bipartisan vote in 2013, how can you stand up to Iran or any other enemy of America?”

    “Uh, well, see…oh, I’m not going to answer that ‘gotcha question’.”

  5. Rubio says the country is transitioning into its post-industrial era and the new era is one of “extraordinary opportunity”. The opportunity to which he seems to refer is the opportunity to amass great personal wealth as a career politician by transferring the little wealth that the declining middle class has to wealthy people and corporations. His record reflects that he has no interest in legislating in the best interest of the vast majority of the people who live in the US.

  6. I hope he was properly hydrated, who can forget the fear in his eyes when he gave the rebut to the State of the Union, fear and gulping water does not make him presidential, he looks like a scared boy!

  7. Fifty years after white flight had pretty well devastated most cities in the US, Somebody finally told Rubio that we’re in the post-industrial era.

    I swear, if you made up the republican party and put it in a TV pilot, it would flop as being too unbelievable.

    Everybody in the world except the RNC leadership knows how fuckin’ stupid their party is. Well–no, that’s not true either: Jindal knows it and has decided to ignore it, while Santorum believes it’s a good thing.

  8. Russia, Pakistan, India, China, and Israel all have nukes. What is so scary about Iran having nukes?

  9. Marco Rubio: “Hillary Clinton will take us back to yesterday. I, on the other hand, promise to take you back to the 1950s.”

  10. Pop quiz:

    Who made all the following statements?

    1) “I will continue to be clear on the fact that an Iranian nuclear weapon would be profoundly destabilizing for the entire region.It is strongly in America’s interest to prevent such a scenario.”

    2)”The danger from Iran is grave, it is real, and my goal will be to eliminate this threat…. Finally, let there be no doubt: I will always keep the threat of military action on the table to defend our security and our ally Israel.”

    3) “We cannot allow Iran to get a nuclear weapon. It would be a game-changer in the region. Not only would it threaten Israel, our strongest ally in the region and one of our strongest allies in the world, but it would also create a possibility of nuclear weapons falling into the hands of terrorists. And so it’s unacceptable. And I will do everything that’s required to prevent it. And we will never take military options off the table.”


  11. 4) “Iran’s development of a nuclear weapon, I believe, is unacceptable. And we have to mount an international effort to prevent that from happening.”

    5)(W)e are focusing on al Qaeda in Afghanistan and Pakistan; developing a strategy to use all elements of American power to prevent Iran from developing a nuclear weapon; and actively seeking a lasting peace between Israel and the Arab world.”
    “And as Iran’s leaders continue to ignore their obligations, there should be no doubt: They, too, will face growing consequences. That is a promise.”

    6) “There should be no doubt — the United States and the international community are determined to prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons.”

    7)”Now, our opposition to Iran’s intolerance and Iran’s repressive measures, as well as its illicit nuclear program and its support of terror, is well known.”


  12. 8)”You also see our commitment to our shared security in our determination to prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons…. So let me be absolutely clear — we remain committed to preventing Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons.”

    9)”Now, we don’t take any options off the table in terms of how we operate with Iran.”

    10) “So what I did was to speak with President Medvedev, as well as President Hu, and all three of us entirely agree on the objective, which is making sure that Iran does not weaponize nuclear power and that we don’t trigger a nuclear arms race in the region. That’s in the interests of all of us… I have said repeatedly and I will say it today, we are not taking any options off the table, because it’s my firm belief that an Iran with a nuclear weapon would pose a security threat not only to the region but also to the United States.”


  13. Nah, he can just lump ’em in with blacks, hispanics and muslims as another threat to white christian ‘Murica and let the bigotry write itself…

    Doesn’t matter if it’s a choice or not, if I don’t like it, it’s a threat to Constitutional/American/Christian values (please cross out all that do not apply)

    And the Republicans have produced another wunderkind, different from all the previous ones by being exactly the same… True Republican diversity at its’ best.

  14. 11) (In response to question about pressuring Iran): “No options off the table means I’m considering all options.”

    12) “Another grave concern — and a threat to the security of Israel, the United States and the world — is Iran’s nuclear program. And that’s why our policy has been absolutely clear: We are determined to prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons…and that’s why, rest assured, we will take no options off the table. We have been clear.”

    13) “Let there be no doubt: America is determined to prevent Iran from getting a nuclear weapon, and I will take no options off the table to achieve that goal.”

    14)”I… don’t, as a matter of sound policy, go around advertising exactly what our intentions are. But I think both the Iranian and the Israeli governments recognize that when the United States says it is unacceptable for Iran to have a nuclear weapon, we mean what we say.”


  15. 15)”I have said that when it comes to preventing Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon, I will take no options off the table, and I mean what I say That includes all elements of American power: A political effort aimed at isolating Iran; a diplomatic effort to sustain our coalition and ensure that the Iranian program is monitored; an economic effort that imposes crippling sanctions; and, yes, a military effort to be prepared for any contingency.”

    16) “… I reserve all options, and my policy here is not going to be one of containment. My policy is prevention of Iran obtaining nuclear weapons. And as I indicated yesterday in my speech, when I say all options are at the table, I mean it.”


  16. 17)”And what I have said is, is that we will not countenance Iran getting a nuclear weapon. My policy is not containment; my policy is to prevent them from getting a nuclear weapon — because if they get a nuclear weapon that could trigger an arms race in the region, it would undermine our non-proliferation goals, it could potentially fall into the hands of terrorists”.

    18)”…And as I said in a speech just a couple of weeks ago, I am determined not simply to contain Iran that is in possession of a nuclear weapon; I am determined to prevent Iran from getting a nuclear weapon — in part for the reasons that David mentioned… We will do everything we can to resolve this diplomatically, but ultimately, we’ve got to have somebody on the other side of the table who’s taking this seriously.”


  17. 19)”Make no mistake: A nuclear-armed Iran is not a challenge that can be contained…the United States will do what we must to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon.”

    These are all quotes from:

    a) Marco Rubio
    b) Barack Obama
    c) Chewbacca

  18. Sunwyn Ravenwood, what is so scary about Iran having Nukes is that the country is run by religious fanatics that believe that if they die in a nuclear war, that they cause, with “Allah’s” enemies that they will go directly to heaven and each get 72 virgins. So, they have nothing that would keep them from starting such a war. The countries that have Nuclear weapons now do not have such beliefs and do not want to die. So, that is why none of them have started such a life ending war.

  19. Rubio is nothing more then a over-glorified yes man.

    He’s like the big green head in the Wizard of Oz movie and it’s someone behind the curtain controlling him.

  20. This headline is nearly as bad as a FOX misrepresentation. The guy states his opinions, that were not so different from what he has been saying all along. I was surprised to hear him admit that he thinks most gay people did not choose their sexual orientation…but the rest of it was just Rubio. While I have no love for any of the GOP wannabes, it gripes me to no end that POLITICUSUSA feels it necessary to blow things out of proportion in order to get people to read what they report on. It is demeaning to those of us who have a brain & think with it.

  21. Never ever ever Vote Republican They will take us back 50yrs- They will send our Son’s & Daughters to Die in the middle east for What $$$$$$ -They will cut SS & Medicare They will cut snap refuse to raise the min. Wage- deny people affordable healthcare etc.etc. Never ever Vote Republican ever!!!!

  22. This nation of ours desperately needs a uniting leader in the White House. This article is just more proof of that fact.

    What is our infatuation with bashing the you-know-what out of anybody who happens to be in a different political party? Fox News does it; and this website is clearly putting up irresponsible headlines like this to bait people into posting hate in the comments. It’s the obvious, easiest way to get readers.

    It’s not going to last. Someday, hopefully soon, we’re going to have a President who makes people feel good about each other. Sure, the opposition party will always try to denigrate that person and her/his ideas, but this kind of political hate-porn won’t be the mainstream. So, Obama haters, keep calling Obama a radical Islamic terrorist; Rubio haters, make sure you find someone else to form your negative opinions for you and get your baseless rants out of your system now.

  23. Iran said
    Despite the fact that Islamic doctrine mandates lying to infidels, and despite the fact that the Shia have perfected taqiyya into an art-form, and despite the fact that Islamic law holds that Muslims should preach peace when weak, war when strong, and despite the fact that Iranian leadership OPENLY BOASTS that its nuclear negotiations are a “jihad” against the infidel, and despite the fact that Iran has previously been exposed developing uranium enrichments suitable for nuclear warheads, and despite the fact that Iran’s ICBM program is subject to no restrictions at all and is not even part of the negotiations and Iran is
    building them, and despite the fact that you don’t build ICBMs in order to deliver sticks of dynamite and their only purpose is to carry nuclear warheads… we’re supposed to rely on the “word” of the ayatollah of Iran?

    I guess based on Iran’s unimpeachable history of integrity… how could anyone possibly doubt him?

  24. what an idiot. Hillary has more intelligence and experience than this idiot will ever have in his entire life. he wants to be president only for the fact that “all of a sudden he is latino” and thinks if he is elected he will be the first latino in the whitehouse. boo ya rubino – you won’t be in the whitehouse either.

  25. The story and the headline are out of synch. Nevertheless, it is important that we all realise that conservative viewpoints put into a young, new wrapper, are still bullshit.

  26. Rubio said ” sexual preference is not something people choose, it is something they are born with”. AND YOU THINK THIS IS NOT NOTEWORTHY FROM A TEABAGGER REPUBLICAN? Perhaps you should shut up and move along.

  27. Interesting how Rubio can have an opinion on whether being “gay” is congentitally determined, (quite a strech for him on the science of genetics, especially since little data exists to support that conclusion yet), but he has such predectably suspect objections to the issue of anthroogenic climate change despite its 99+% plurality on science-based evidence.

  28. Rubio is so thoroughly over-regarded as to the accuracy & liveliness of his thinking style. I find it immature, mushy and riddled with contradictions. For example…it’s revealing how Rubio can have an newly acquired P.C. opinion on whether being “gay” is congentitally determined, (quite a strech for him on the “science” of genetics, especially since little actual data exists to support it yet), but he has such predectably suspect objections to the issue of anthropogenic climate change despite the 99+% plurality of its science-based evidence.
    Rubio is a consumate politician, exploiting the public inability to think critically by sliding & eliding all over the ideological 2016 road map to gain advantage. He has limited imagination & little experience…and apparently, no situational self-awareness of these personal shortcomings.
    I’d sooner vote for Rick of ‘Blue’s Clues’ than Marco.

  29. Rubio said about climate change. “Scientists can’t tell us what impact it would have on reversing these changes. But I can tell you with certainty it would have a devastating impact on our economy.”

    So, scientists don’t know anything, but I Rubio, economist that I am, can tell you that doing something about it would devastate our economy. BS. Most decent economist think that doing something about ‘it’ would benefit the economy with new jobs, better health, cleaner air, water, reduce costly damage to coastal area, etc. but what do they know.

  30. What stay thirsty rubes is saying big oil wont make obscene profits and to rethugs that’s all who, along with the MIC that matters

  31. Yes, but President Obama isn’t taking diplomacy off table like the GOTP is. That’s the huge, massive difference. President Obama doesn’t want a way and the GOTP backers, the military-industrial complex, don’t make as much money on peace as they do on war, so they do want war.

  32. djchefron at 6:22 am

    Any meaningful discussion of Islam has to start with their core creed – which is based on the Quran – and no, I have not read it. I think it’s more helpful to read the works from scholars in the Mid East and the writings of the clerics and dissidents and “reformists” who are -or have been – immersed in the culture, who understand it and can explain it to all us infidels. Start by reading the constitution of The Islamic Republic of Iran. The name of the country is not “Iran”… and start by realizing there is significance in the difference.

    The Islamic doctrine of taqiyya permits Muslims to deceive non-Muslims. It’s well documented.

    And the dichotomy — reach peace when weak, wage war when strong — has been a well-established strategy of Islam for centuries.

    Have to get to work.

  33. First of all read the Iranian constitution and compare it to the US constitution. One can argue you have more rights under the Iranian constitution. Your second link is disingenuous at best. The author said Islam committed the majority of terrorist acts. What he fails to mention and you just like all republicans don’t know the difference between Sunni and Shia.

    The majority of terrorist acts are committed by Sunnis if you want to go down that road and in that group are so called allies the Saudis have committed the most.

    Again I ask you smart people when was the last time Iran has invaded another country? I will await your answer

  34. As opposed to our religious fanatics who are chomping at the bit to go to war with Iran so they can get the “Rapture” started.

  35. I’ve noticed quite often, that there are no few folks who call upon us to ‘keep it civil’ just as soon as us Liberals start treating Conservatives the same way the Conservatives have been treating us Liberals for decades.

    Rubio- is a horse’s ass. And no amount of distraction is going to take away that sad simple fact.

    This man is the best you Cons can come up with? I mean- really?

  36. Marco, Cub Scout, Rubio said:
    —“Our ideas are now allowing our nation to fulfill its potential in this new century. I BELIEVE I HAVE THE IDEAS FOR THE COUNTRY, I believe I have the vision for the country. I believe I am positioned to help lead this country to this new American century.—-”
    Oh, Really? (Snark). What ARE your ideas Marco? Give us a hint or else STFU with your …”I have ideas…” and, what is it you see (Your vision) that we don’t see? Huh? Enlighten us. Tell us what YOU see through those empty eyes? Come on, what !!!! ?

  37. This guy (Rubio) is an embarrassment to the Latin-Americans. I thought he was full of fresh ideas, but I, as well as many other people, were wrong. He is the same old Republican— his ideas are outdated, he will never make it. His brain, if any, is full of “caca” and he needs to grow up. He thinks he is dealing with freshly arrived ignorant immigrants. He is wrong on all counts. Repeat, he is an embarrassment to the Latin community. Of all the Republican clowns running for the nomination, Mr. Schieffer had to interview the Latin Bozo. Pity!

  38. I started watching Meet the Press yesterday and had to change it. Rubio is in love with himself–because he’s young and thinks he has all the answers. When asked what the answers are, he has nothing to say except for Hillary-bashing. NONE of the repubs running have anything to say except how no one should vote for Hillary. I sure hope voters see through their smoke-and-mirrors.

  39. One can argue you have more rights under the Iranian constitution.
    If you insist…but argue with the State Dept., okay?
    What he fails to mention and you just like all republicans don’t know the difference between Sunni and Shia.
    What is your point? The principle of Islamic taqiyya and its fundamental importance among practically EVERY Islamic sect and how/why it is used is widely understood. No need to use my link. There are bout 328,000 results if you would prefer to google it yourself.
    Again I ask you smart people when was the last time Iran has invaded another country?

    You’re joshin’ me, right?
    But in any event, again, the State Dept. has something to say.

    “…state-sponsored terrorism originating in Iran remained the predominant concern of the United States…”

  40. First point. In human rights how many people of color has been killed by the police compared to Iran?
    Second point. You failed too answered my point. Name one country Iran has invaded in the past 200 years?
    Again did you read the Iranian constitution and if you did please point out where they prosecute the minorities in their country?

  41. I’m having a hard time believing any of this is by any means a genuine line of argument on your part, but
    read at my link about Iran human rights abuses against women/ gays/minorities etc. And Iran has a large military and intelligence services which are active on foreign soil. And they vie for influence by backing proxies like Hezbollah.

    But you knew that.

  42. I read your links. One was on their Constitution which guarantees the rights of women and religious minorities. Your second refers to Sunnis which have nothing to do with the Shia. So what’s your point?

  43. I hope none of you voted for Obama because Rubio’s stance on gay marriage appears to be identical, or perhaps slightly more pro-gay marriage, than Obama’s stance in 2008. Also, Iranian ships are currently trying to arm Houthis rebels in Yemen which is a move that could easily lead to an Iranian-Saudi Arabian war. I mention this because Rubio is simply saying that war is a possible option if it becomes necessary to stop Iranian aggression or nuclear armament. How is this war mongering? Is Obama’s actual (not hypothetical) military involvement in Libya war mongering? There is not an ounce of logical consistency in this entire article other than “Repulicanz bads, Democrats grood”.

  44. Ask him to lace up a pair of combat boots and lead the
    charge into the ME! Watch how this pos-er’s eyes get
    that deer in headlights look as he reaches for his boba of

  45. You really don’t know WTF you are talking about. I suggest you try some reading for a change

    Iran’s deputy foreign minister said he was optimistic that a ceasefire in Yemen would be announced later on Tuesday, in a sign diplomatic efforts may be underway to stop almost a month of Saudi-led bombing of Yemen’s Houthi group.

    Iran has repeatedly called for a halt to an almost month-long campaign of air strikes by Saudi Arabia and Arab allies, but members of the coalition and their Western backers have so far rejected Iran’s proposals, accusing it of supporting the Houthis.

    “We are optimistic that in the coming hours, after many efforts, we will see a halt to military attacks in Yemen,” Hossein Amir Abdollahian was quoted as saying by Iranian news agencies.

  46. Morning Read — Marco Rubio’s “Cultivated Ignorance Of History

    Please take a moment or two to read Michael Brendan Dougherty on “foreign policy expert” Sen. Marco “Glug Glug” Rubio (Weak Tea-FL). Here’s a sample:

    Rubio concluded, “The reason Obama hasn’t put in place a military strategy to defeat ISIS is because he doesn’t want to upset Iran.”

    I don’t know how to say this respectfully. But this is dumber than a brick in a tumble-dryer: a clanging, dangerous error.
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