Marco Rubio: The President Should Help Veterans – Not Try To Change The Weather

Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., addresses supporters at the Oakland County International Airport, Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2015, in Waterford Township, Mich.
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Sen. Marco Rubio is pushing for more reform of the Veterans Affairs bureaucracy. On the campaign trail, Rubio calls that one of the paramount duties of the president of the United States.

“The president’s job is not to micromanage the private economy. It’s not to make your healthcare decisions. And it’s not to try and change the weather,” he said in a speech today.

Rubio delivered his speech in Des Moines, Iowa today at a town hall event on veterans.

“I believe our Commander-in-Chief’s duty to our men and women in uniform comes in two parts,” he said. “The first is to honor our troops while they’re serving; the second is to honor them after they come home.”

Rubio introduced his brother Mario Rubio at the event, an Army veteran who served in the 7th Special Forces group. He explained how difficult it was for his brother to deal with the “bureaucratic nightmare” for medical care.

“My brother, like all of our veterans, deserves better. When I am president, they will have better,” he said.

Rubio also criticized Hillary Clinton for downplaying the crisis in the Veterans Affairs administration, insisting that it was not as “widespread” as reporter.

“On this issue, like virtually every other, Hillary Clinton would keep the status quo the status quo,” he said. “I, on the other hand, will not just reform Washington; I will transform it.”