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I'm leaning Republicans said they were not in favor of pulling out all American troops from Iraq this year.
Earlier this week Senator John McCain said a full American withdrawal could spark a return to the violence that peaked during.
The Iraqi insurgency back in 2006.
House speaker John Boehner just released a statement -- both presidents bush and Obama as well as the hard work and sacrifice of our service members.
Joining me now is Florida Republican senator Marco Rubio senator thank you sir for joining us -- And you see that you know John Boehner came out saying He apparently believes its okay to pull everybody out a lot of others do not believe that where do you -- Well I think we all like to see the end of that engagement but has to be done a way that's smart no -- invest a lot of money unfortunately lives and a lot of sacrifice by American soldiers.
To try to bring stability to Iraq and here's my fear my fear that of the -- happens to fast that Iran is gonna and their and their surrogates are gonna come narron and take take over and start exerting influence and creating Havoc forest.
Do we need any reminder of what about government and about group of people the Iranian government has.
And that's -- the conditions are being creative force to look this concern about.
Iraq now giving immunity to US soldiers that's very legitimate but at the same time I hope we'll continue to work hard to figure out a way.
To figure out a role for us in terms of providing security because.
If this thing stands we're gonna have less soldiers in Iraq than we do in Honduras -- make a lot of stuff yeah.
And that was the question -- just asking Chris -- a short time ago what happens if this thing really does go south I mean is there a plan.
You know what what's your assessment.
Why they gonna go south there's nothing we can do at that point especially were no longer engaged I mean to re engage after things go south.
We'll be terrible and let's not forget that Iran already feels a little cornered -- in -- and a lot of trouble without Syria Iran is really limited as far as the damage they can do.
You know these dictators in the region are looking at what happening in Libya.
And and now you we're gonna give -- -- space we're gonna give him breathing space by allowing Iraq to become a place where Iranian surrogates can take over and become involved.
That's just a big mistake so look.
I respect of the president's trying to do we would all like to see an end our engagement there are narrowing have it but let's do -- no way that smart and doesn't threaten our security.
You mentioned Libya senator so I just want to get your quick take in this -- -- you were there recently do you believe those 140 tribes and various clans can come together.
Are we looking at kind of chaos like we saw the posted.
-- 011 of my worries about the protracted conflict in Libya is that it would create an environment where exactly that would happen where these tribes and and these groups in these militias would go their own way and weapons and go missing and that's exactly what's happened I was there 23 weeks ago with a group of senators.
They are hopeful the people Libya -- a -- future they don't want violence they don't want this revolution to go wrong.
They wanted to go right.
But they have a lot of challenges there's only so much we can do to help from a one of the things that the military is is medical assistance -- are willing to pay -- fourth so I hope things turn out well I think -- have a chance.
And you see Gadhafi laid out there on a mattress in a grocery store I mean this clearly for these rebels is something they need to publicize to get legitimacy about look this was our killed not NATO's killed.
It's an opportunity to turn the page I -- terms -- the end of the -- -- the end of a stronghold allows them to now turn the page and start a new chapter in -- future and the people Olivia desperately want.
A new chapter in -- future and look there's no guarantees him.
That was only so much we can do but we have the opportunity in Libya to see the emergence of a pro American Muslim Arab country and that's a very positive development.
Senator the Washington Post took a pretty good swipe at you saying that you have embellished the story of your family saying that your parents came.
To this country.
Post Castro that they came after the revolution.
When in fact your parents actually came to Miami.
Or Florida in 1956.
And what's your response to -- I think it's outrageous you know look at they want to attack me for getting the dates -- -- right I thought the dates were right I don't walk around my parents passports in my pocket.
And their right they got the dates wrong but the essence of the story doesn't need to be embellish my parents were.
My parents -- exiles when I was born in May of 1971 I was -- to two people who could not return to the nation of their birth.
Because it was under Communist control.
And they tried to return by the way in 1961 -- and when they did they realize that they were dealing with and came back permanently so and they wanna say other states as senator needs.
I'm sorry in -- there's -- point you -- there I worked in Florida and we know that in Florida the other is a very big difference between the those who came as immigrants to.
Two Florida free Castro on those who came as exiles post Castro.
And some are saying that you for political gain put your parents in the latter group.
-- are so -- but that's not that's not fair and that's not true I mean -- so there -- a lot of Cubans living in the United States because they weren't happy with the Batista regime to Begin with.
Are they now -- not exiles because Fidel Castro took over secondly my parents did try to return in 1960 when my mom moved back to Cuba.
And she lived there for four weeks and she realized it was communism -- came back to the United States just weeks before the Bay of Pigs so there's no need to embellish that -- my parents.
We're never able to return of the country of their birth not to visit and certainly not to live unless they're willing to live under communism to say they're not exiles is outrageous and there's not a single.
Credible voice in the Cuban exile community that would agree with that not one.
And in fairness we should point out that we objected you'll probably said many times as well that your parents came to this country.
Before Castro took power in Cuba senator Marco Rubio from Florida senator thank you good -- you sir thank you.
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