He is running for president on his unquestionable foreign policy and national security bona fides, but now Sen. Marco Rubio is getting pummeled by his fellow Republican presidential opponents as being weak on national defense because of his evolving position on immigration reform.
Rubio has been attacking Sen. Ted Cruz and Sen. Rand Paul as being weak on intelligence for voting in favor of a Senate bill that limited some government surveillance practices.
But now the tables have turned on Rubio, as his position on national defense is being called into question.
Appearing on Hannity—and also recently on Breitbart News Daily—Sen. Rand Paul stated that Rubio was “weak on national defense because he won’t defend the border,” an obvious dig at him over his cosponsoring and full-throated support of failed Senate “Gang of Eight” immigration reform bill that not only legitimized liberal Sen. Dick Durbin and Sen. Chuck Schumer, but was endorsed by President Obama himself.
Rubio embraced the Obama agenda and has been paying the price since doing so.
With the recent revelations regarding how one of the San Bernardino Islamic terrorists entered the U.S., and the known fact that Islamist cells are training and operating south of the U.S. border in Mexico, not to mention the ongoing crime and terrorism that is occurring as of result of the raging drug war along the border, Americans are finally coming to terms with the fact that the border security and immigration is a big national security problem.
Trump recently stated what most Americans are thinking—that Muslims should temporarily be kept from entering the U.S. That statement will not hurt the GOP presidential frontrunner, rather boost his poll numbers (it’s already happening).
The focus is now on immigration, and that does not bode will for Rubio.
The attack ads showing Rubio standing on a stage with McCain, Graham, Durbin, and Schumer, laughing it up at their announcement of their immigration bill, are most likely already cued up and ready to launch.
It will be interesting to see just how Rubio and the others handle immigration and national defense questions at the upcoming CNN GOP presidential debate in Las Vegas, Nevada.