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GOP presidential candidate lashes out at Russia, China, Iran

US Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio (R-FL) speaks at the Council on Foreign Relations on May 13, 2015 in New York City. (AFP photo)

US Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio has lashed out at, Russia, China and Iran in the first major foreign policy address of his White House campaign.

Speaking on Wednesday afternoon at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York, the 43-year-old Florida senator said he will unveil an uncompromising doctrine for wielding US military power across the world.

"To restore American strength, my first priority will be to adequately fund our military," said Rubio, known for his hawkish views.

"This would be a priority even in times of peace and stability, though the world today is neither."

Rubio is among the favorites to win the Republican nomination as recent polls have put him ahead of former Florida Governor Jeb Bush and Wisconsin's conservative Governor Scott Walker.

"As president, I will use American power to oppose any violations of international waters, airspace, cyberspace or outer space," he stated.

"This includes the economic disruption caused when one country invades another, as well as the chaos caused by disruptions in chokepoints such as the South China Sea or the Strait of Hormuz.

"Russia, China, Iran or any other nation that attempts to block global commerce will know to expect a response from my administration."

Last month, the Cuban American politician, known as an ultimate opportunist within the party, called on Washington to bomb Iran’s nuclear infrastructure.

“We may have to decide at some point what is worse: a military strike against Iran or a nuclear-armed Iran,” he said on April 17.

Rubio said the world, particularly the Middle East, is in chaos because of President Barack Obama’s policies.

He warned of a coming terrorist attack on US soil and even raised the specter of Iranian missiles striking the United States.

In an interview with Press TV on April 11, American investigative journalist Wayne Madsen said Rubio is playing off Iran nuclear issue in order to please a large Jewish population in Florida.

Madsen said that “Rubio is obviously catering to a large Jewish population in his home state of Florida which is centered around the three most populous condominium communities.”

“He feels he can win the presidency of the United States with those Jewish votes, I suppose, along with his rightwing Cuban friends down in Miami Bay,” he observed.

“But I think people are going to see through Rubio. He is not ready for prime time. He never has been,” the veteran journalist noted.


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