In New Hampshire, Sen. Marco Rubio is pushing back against the notion that he doesn’t have enough experience to be the President of the United States.
“Let me begin by saying nobody running for president has presidential experience. Being president is nothing like being governor. It’s nothing like being a Senator,” he said during a town hall event this afternoon.
Rubio is pushing back against the narrative set by the trio of Republican governors trying to beat him in the presidential primary. Since the Iowa caucuses, former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, and Ohio Governor John Kasich have all spent time in New Hampshire criticizing Rubio for his weak record. Christie has been the loudest Rubio critic, knocking the freshman senator for having the same amount of experience as Barack Obama.
Rubio argued that Obama was a bad president – not because he didn’t have experience, but because he had bad ideas.
“He’s worse today than he was in his first year,” he said.
He said he was proud of his legislative record, including being the Speaker in the House in the Florida legislature and his accomplishments in the United States Senate.
He also boasted of his knowledge on foreign policy, telling the audience that being the commander-in-chief was the most important job of a president.
“No one running for president has more experience, has shown better judgement, or better understanding on the national security issues than I have,” he said.
Rubio reminded the audience that as a member of the Senate Intelligence committee, he had access to high level classified intelligence.
“No one else in the race has access to that. I’ve had it for five years,” he said.
Rubio also explained that he had warned about many of the difficult national security threats around the world before they happened.
“I warned about ISIS – or a group like ISIS – before ISIS happened, it’s in the record, going back to 2012,” he said. He reminded that Obama called ISIS the J.V. team while he demanded immediate action to confront them.
“So I’ll hold up my experience on national security and foreign policy and my judgment to that of anyone in this race, including Secretary Clinton.” he said. “I may not have lived as long as some of the people running, but in the time that I’ve been involved in these issues, I have more experience and shown better judgement than any of them has.”