Cuba has proved to be a major division point between potential Republican presidential candidates Sen. Marco Rubio and Sen. Rand Paul, and the feud between the two continued to escalate Sunday.
Mr. Rubio, Florida Republican and a Cuban-American, has emerged as a leading critic of President Obama’s decision to repair diplomatic ties with Cuba and normalize relations with the communist island. Mr. Paul, on the other hand, supports the administration’s move; the Kentucky Republican believes greater economic cooperation with the U.S. will help, not hurt, the Cuban people.
In a potential preview of his 2016 strategy, Mr. Rubio on Sunday tried to directly tie Mr. Paul and Mr. Obama on foreign policy — a link that surely is harmful in a GOP primary election.
“First of all, Rand, if he wants to become the chief cheerleader of Obama’s foreign policy, he certainly has a right to do that,” Mr. Rubio said on ABC’s “This Week” on Sunday. “I’m going to continue to oppose the Obama-Paul foreign policy on Cuba, because I know it won’t lead to freedom and liberty for the Cuban people, which is my sole interest here.”
On Twitter last week, Mr. Paul accused Mr. Rubio of supporting isolationism on Cuba.
“Senator Marco Rubio is acting like an isolationist who wants to retreat to our borders and perhaps build a moat. I reject this isolationism,” Mr. Paul said.
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