WASHINGTON (CBSDC) — Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., believes that the terror attacks in Paris and on 9/11 were all part of God’s plan.

Speaking before supporters during a campaign stop in Iowa last week, the Republican presidential hopeful said he was asked previously where was God during the 9/11 attacks and the recent terror attacks in Paris. Rubio responded that God is where he always is – “on the throne in heaven.”

“The question was how could God allow these bad things to happen? It always challenges us to understand that God’s ways are not our ways,” Rubio said. “What we may interpret as bad, and most certainly is in the case of Paris or 9/11, even that is part of a broader plan for the universe and for our lives that we’re just not going to know the answer to. God’s ways are not our ways.”

Rubio told the crowd that people may not understand why God allows pain into their lives, but that it’s just all part of his plan.

“Sometimes God does allow pain into our lives for reasons that we don’t understand, that we resent, that we get angry about, but it’s for a reason that one day it will make sense, just not now, and that’s where faith comes in,” the Florida senator said. “You are allowed to believe that we are the children of an all-powerful God, that everything that happens is part of his plan and that our job is to be partners and cooperate in his plan for our life.”

Rubio is hoping the next president will reach out to God when making decisions for the country.

“I hope that our next president is someone that relies deeply in their faith. The job is so great that no mere mortal has enough wisdom on their own to confront the challenges and the responsibilities that are put upon the leader of the free world, and so most certainly I hope we have our next president as someone infused by the spirit, who seeks always the guidance of our creator in all decisions,” he said.

Rubio has seen a jump in the latest Quinnipiac University national poll. The Republican candidate climbed to second, receiving 17 percent of support from Republican voters.

Donald Trump still maintained his lead at 27 percent.

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