The Marco Rubio campaign is mocking an attack from the Democratic National Committee for suggesting that Senator from Florida thinks the Paris terrorist attacks were a “positive development” for his presidential campaign.
ICYMI, yesterday Marco Rubio suggested the Paris terrorist attacks are a “positive development” for his campaign. https://t.co/kJ2Noo0c2V
— The Democrats (@TheDemocrats) November 23, 2015
“The DNC is so obviously terrified of the generational choice offered by Marco, they’re not letting the truth get in the way of their attacks,” Rubio’s Communications Director Alex Conant said in a statement to Breitbart News. “The DNC’s obsession with Marco must mean we’re doing something right.”
In the interview, Rubio said “I obviously am not happy” about the events in Paris, adding that he didn’t want Republicans to use the attacks “just for political advantage.” Host Chris Wallace directly asked Rubio whether the attacks would give him a “boost with voters” based on his foreign policy credentials.
Full exchange below:
WALLACE: Senator, do you think that your foreign policy credentials are giving you a boost with voters as they focus more on choosing a commander in chief with all of these terror attacks?
RUBIO: Well, on these polls, obviously, you want good news, not bad news. But we’ve not gotten too excited or too depressed about them. They’re going to fluctuate between now and Election Day, especially in early states where voters wait until the last week, the last day oftentimes to make their decision.
As far as national security, let me just say, I obviously am not happy about the events from last week in Paris, but I think it’s a positive development that it suddenly has cast — forced Americans to confront more carefully the issue of national security, because it is the most important thing a president will do and that is the most important function of the federal government.
And I hope we focus on that more, not just for political advantage, but because the world has become a very dangerous place. It’s not just radical jihad. It’s the Chinese military buildup, it’s Russian aggression, it’s North Korea’s dozens of nuclear warheads, it’s Iran’s desire to acquire a nuclear weapon capability. These are all very real risks and we are eviscerating our military capabilities at a time when the world is growing more dangerous.