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In English & Spanish, Rubio Addresses Constituent Concerns About Crisis In Venezuela

Mar 2, 2014 | Press Releases

Washington, D.C. – In this week’s installments of Marco’s Constituent Mailbox video series, U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) addresses constituent concerns, in English and Spanish, regarding the ongoing crisis in Venezuela.

Watch the English response here.

Watch the Spanish response here.

Rubio reads constituent letters — from Mark in Boca Raton, James in Venice and Emilio in Ponte Vedra Beach — and responds to their questions about U.S. policy toward Venezuela, and tyrannical, oppressive regimes in general.

In response, Rubio said, “First of all, I’m not arguing that the U.S. should intervene militarily. I do think, and I have filed a resolution asking the White House to do two things of great importance. The first is I think the President should pronounce himself very clearly that he condemns, in the strongest possible terms, what Nicolás Maduro and their government is doing to the people of Venezuela. And I think that’s important because, up to now, all we’ve heard is that they are ‘concerned’ about what’s happening in Venezuela. They shouldn’t be concerned, they should be outraged, and they should say so. And people all over the world who love peace, love freedom, love liberty, love democracy, and love human rights and respect it, need to know that the U.S. is on their side.”

Rubio next addresses the striking similarities between the current situation in Venezuela and what has happened in Cuba.

“In many of these emails and letters that we got, there was a link created between what is happening in Venezuela and what has happened previously to Cuba. And that’s an important link because it is real. You see, not only is Venezuela looking more and more like Cuba, but the Venezuelan government is practically controlled at some of its highest levels by Havana. And you see that in the tactics that they’re employing. They’re right out of the Castro playbook,” Rubio added.

Rubio concludes both Constituent Mailbox videos by replaying Monday’s Senate floor speech on the topic. The 14 minute speech, fueled by a colleague who praised Cuba as a “paradise,” is included in the end of this week’s messages.

View Rubio’s full YouTube response in English here, and in Spanish here. For television stations interested in airing today’s response, a broadcast quality video is available in English and Spanish.

Rubio encourages constituents to continue writing letters and sharing their concerns via his official website,