Marco Rubio: Obama’s Islamic State Speech ‘May Have Made Things Worse’

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rubioSen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) delivered a live response on Fox News to President Obama’s televised Oval Office Address on the threat posed by Islamic State terrorists.

“Nothing that happened in the speech tonight is going to assuage people’s fears,” Rubio said, in a ten-minute segment on Fox News after the president’s speech.

Rubio acknowledged that Americans were fearful of Islamic State terrorism, blaming Obama for failing to properly respond to, not only the attacks in Paris three weeks ago, but the recent attack in California.

He also argued that Obama failed to signal any additional strategy to combat an increasing terrorist threat under his administration and criticized the president’s strategy that was focused on air campaigns.

“I think not only did the president not make things better tonight, I fear he may have made things worse in the minds of many Americans,” Rubio said.

Rubio warned that the threat posed by terrorism was real, and Americans had to once again be reminded that the nation was at war.

“We are at war with a radical jihadist group, more capable than any terrorist group this nation has ever confronted,” he said.

Rubio also accused Obama for cynicism, after the president lectured Americans on how to properly respond to Muslims in reaction to the attacks.

“Where is there widespread evidence that we have a problem in America with discrimination against Muslims?” he said in disbelief.

He also dismissed Obama’s rhetoric on gun control, arguing that the president was only suggesting a political solution to the problem for political reasons and would have little ability to block terrorists from acquiring weapons.

“This is nothing but an effort to use this issue of terrorism as another way to try to push their agenda that they’ve been dying to push for the longest amount of time, and that’s gun control,” he said.

He also took shots at Republican opponents Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) for voting against the Patriot Act provisions allowing the intelligence community to use, mine, and store online metadata to track terrorists.

“Maybe it provides some information, maybe it doesn’t, but we need every tool at our disposal,” Rubio argued. “We’re fighting an enemy here in radical Islam and homegrown violent extremists unlike anything this nation has ever faced. This is not a time for ideological silliness. This is a time for serious action.”

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7 COMMENTS

  1. If only people were smart enough to elect this guy to be the next president. Unfortunately, people in this country still don’t understand what’s at stake here.

  2. “people in this country still don’t understand what’s at stake here”

    True. Rubio realizes that terrorism is mainly a reason to attack Democrats. He does not take it seriously himself — he wants to continue to allow suspected terrorists on the no-fly list and other terrorist watch lists to be able to legally amass as many firearms as they want! And worse, so do Bush, and to a lesser extent Kasich! They are more afraid of the National Rifle Association than they are of the jihadis.

  3. Muslims aren’t the enemy; the real enemies are the GOP and NRA. They want domestic incidents like these to occur so they can turn the US into an all-white, Christian nation that persecutes Jews and other minorities. This country needs much tougher laws to prevent people from obtaining guns and bombs. Thank you Mr. President for keeping us safe!

  4. charlie hall: the reason republicans are opposed to people who are on the no fly list is that the only reason people are on the list is that some random bureaucrat decided to put them there. there is no judicial process, and no set way to get off.

  5. to #2 you said that “he wants to continue to allow suspected terrorists on the no-fly list and other terrorist watch lists to be able to legally amass as many firearms as they want” by the way the people who are on the no -fly list are not all suspected terrorist there are many innocent people on the list to by the way even Senator Ted Kennedy (D-MA) was on the no fly list . go search it up if you don’t believe me.
    I can write a whole article about this subject, the fact of the matter is that your a hundred percent WRONG
    to #4 I quote “Muslims aren’t the enemy; the real enemies are the GOP and NRA” really, the Muslims are peace loving nation you must be very naïve to believe that.

  6. I see that several of our commenters have assimilated into right wing nonsense. They too are more sympathetic to people with potential terrorist connections. How many lives have to be lost before people wake up?

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