Must-Watch: On Senate Floor, Rubio Talks Cuba, Summit, Blinken and Venezuela

Friday, December 12, 2014
U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) has given a wide-ranging foreign policy speech on the Senate floor, in which he discussed Cuba, the Summit of the Americas, Deputy Secretary of State nominee Tony Blinken and Venezuela.

In January, Senator Rubio is slated to become Chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee's Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere.

Here are some major takeaways:

On Cuba: "I will fight with every marrow in my bones against any sort of unilateral change to U.S. policy toward Cuba."

On the Summit of the Americas: "The Summit of the Americas is a forum for democracies, not for 20th century relics like the Cuban government."

On Blinken: "I will use every procedural method available to me to ensure that this Senate will have to take as long as possible to confirm him."

On Venezuela: "I predict in the year 2015, we are going to see severe human rights violations, severe repression, on the part of the Maduro government and all of the impact that's going to have on the region. And I hope we are ready to confront that."

Watch the whole speech below (or click here to watch the Western Hemisphere portion, which begins at 27:09):