Marco Rubio: Rand Paul ‘Has No Idea What He’s Talking About’ On Cuba

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December 19, 2014 11:23 a.m.

When it comes to Sen. Rand Paul’s (R-KY) support for the Obama administration’s new policy on Cuba, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) said the senator from Kentucky doesn’t know what he’s talking about.

“Like many people who have been opining, he has no idea what he’s talking about,” Rubio said during an appearance on Fox News’ “The Kelly Report” that was flagged by Politico.

The comments came a day after President Barack Obama announced that the U.S. would open diplomatic relations with Cuba. Rubio has been one of the most energetic lawmakers bashing the move but Paul, slower than some of his Republican colleagues to weigh in, said that the U.S.’s half century embargo on Cuba “just hasn’t worked.”

“If the goal was regime change, it sure doesn’t seem to be working,” Paul said in an interview earlier in the week on West Virginia radio station WVHU. “Probably it punishes the people more than the regime because the regime can blame the embargo for hardship.”

Rubio, of Cuban descent, and Paul have both been mentioned as possible 2016 presidential contenders.

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