Washington Post's "Right Turn" Blog: Interview With Sen. Marco Rubio: Leading From the Front (Part 1)
| May 10 2011
Early this morning Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) appeared on William Bennett’s radio show. In response to a question about Syria he told listeners :
“You know, the U.S. is big enough and powerful enough to walk and chew gum at the same time. I mean, they’re all the same cause. At the end of the day, it’s about people in the Middle East that are tired, Arabs in particular, that are tired of living under corrupt, decrepit, backward regimes, and they’re standing up for themselves. Syria is a place that we can continue to have a voice. I think we’ve taken too long. I think the fact that the administration continues to hold out hope that somehow Assad is going to be a reformer is not the right way to go. I intend, along with a couple of my colleagues this week, to introduce a resolution here in the Senate to act on this issue. And my hope is that this policy will move quickly on voicing support for those on the ground there in Syria who are trying, in a peaceful way, to bring about change to their country. And I think the world has to be so disappointed, I think, that this administration has not been more forceful in speaking out on behalf of freedom and democracy throughout the region, including places like Bahrain.”
That’s what conservatives and human rights activists have come to expect from Rubio — forceful, clear and unequivocal support for a robust American presence in the world. An adviser to Rubio tells me that the senator is preparing to introduce a Syria resolution this week, which we can expect to reflect the sentiments he expressed on the radio.