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Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) today responded to President Obama’s speech on the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) terrorist group in a series of morning interviews.

Following his interviews on NPR’s “Morning Edition”, CNN’s “New Day”, CNBC’s “Squawk Box”, and FOX News’ “America’s Newsroom”, Rubio issued the following statement:

“I believe the President is in a much better place than where he was a few weeks ago, when he was downplaying ISIL’s capabilities to threaten America’s security and the moderate Syrian rebels’ ability to fight the radical Islamists. However, I am concerned by the President’s view that we should try to replicate what we’ve done in Yemen and Somalia, which remain dangerous places because of the terrorist threat. And I remain concerned by his unwillingness to prepare the American people for what will likely be a long, difficult struggle.

“As this debate moves forward, I hope the President will step up and make his case to the American people that we will do whatever it takes, however long it takes, to defeat ISIL and protect the American people.”