Rubio: ‘We Are Less Safe Today Than We Were When Obama Took Office’

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Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., speaks at Uber's headquarters on March 23, 2014 in Washington, D.C. (credit: Win McNamee/Getty Images)

Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., speaks at Uber’s headquarters on March 23, 2014 in Washington, D.C. (credit: Win McNamee/Getty Images)

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WASHINGTON (CBSDC) — Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla, believes the United States has been less safe while President Barack Obama has been in office.

“I think on the issues of national security around the world, we are less safe today than we were when President Obama took office,” Rubio told Fox News Wednesday.

Rubio listed how Obama’s foreign policy has hurt America’s allies.

“In Asia our allies are increasingly unsure about our ability to counter both North Korea and Chinese expansionism. In Europe you’ve begun to see real tests of the NATO alliance given Russia’s aggressiveness. In Latin America you’ve seen the retreat of Democratic order,” Rubio noted.

Rubio touched on problems in the Mideast, including Al-Qaeda expanding its territory.

“Iran is closer today than they’ve ever been to being a nuclear weapons power. In fact, the U.S. has apparently agreed to allow them the capability to enrich,” Rubio told Fox News. “And Al-Qaeda has now spread to 14 different countries and is actively continuing to plot attacks against U.S. interests against the world and here in the homeland.”

The Republican senator from Florida said the president’s foreign policy is “based on wishful thinking.”

“It’s based on theories that if the U.S. somehow steps back from the global stage and became more of a junior partner in all these endeavors, that the world will become more stable,” Rubio said.

A CBS News/New York Times poll released in February showed that 32 percent of Americans would like to see Rubio run for president in 2016, placing him third in the poll. Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., finished ahead of him.

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