It doesn’t seem to matter if you are officially standing for candidacy or not yet for the partition of President in 2016, already the hot topics of the campaign debates are being set out and fought over, with Cuba now being one of these topics.
Currently it is the turn of the Republican potential candidates to fight between themselves over important policy decisions and whether or not they agree with them.
Rand Paul and Marco Rubio, both potential Republican 2016 presidential candidates have been launching attacks at one another over their positions regarding Cuba and the new White House policy over dealings with Havana.
On the one side we have Marco Rubio, himself a Cuban-American and the senator from Florida who has quickly become the face of the republican opposition to the changes in the Cuba policy.
On the other side we have Rand Paul who has called the decision of the White House regarding the Cuban embargo “ineffectual”
“Like many people who have been opining, (Paul) has no idea what he’s talking about,” Rubio said on Fox News late.
In response, Paul posted on Facebook and sent out a series of tweets on Friday, pointing out that most Cuban-Americans support a resumption of diplomatic relations with Cuba.
“Seems to me, Senator Rubio is acting like an isolationist who wants to retreat to our borders and perhaps build a moat,” Paul wrote. “I reject this isolationism.”
According to Reuters, Rubio has spent months bolstering his reputation as a supporter of a more assertive foreign policy, and he has long been critical of Cuba’s Castro brothers. He said on Wednesday he would work in Congress to roll back President Barack Obama’s action.
Thanks to his parents both being Cuban immigrants, Rubio has seen his name and face across televisions and newspapers all over the country after Wednesday’s announcement as he seized the opportunity to lead the opposition.
While Rubio may have been the obvious choice of the Republicans to lead the assault against the White house in their policy, it took longer for Paul to step up to the plate.
Rand Paul spoke about the policy in a local radio interview on Thursday. His remarks set him starkly apart from other probable Republican White House hopefuls who condemned the administration plan.