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The Trail: 2012 Presidential News from the Field / Campaign 2012

Rubio Criticizes Obama’s ‘Troubling Chest-Thumping’ on bin Laden

The senator from Florida faults the administration for releasing raid details to filmmakers.

photo of Rebecca Kaplan
May 25, 2012

Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., says that the Obama administration’s cooperation with a company making a movie about the raid that killed Osama bin Laden is “part of a troubling trend of chest-thumping.”

The conservative legal group Judicial Watch has released documents that it says show the administration gave filmmakers Kathryn Bigelow and Mark Boal, who are making a movie called Zero Dark Thirty, special access to people involved in the raid that killed the Qaida leader. In an interview with Bloomberg TV’s Al Hunt scheduled to air on Friday night, Rubio contended that the administration’s actions could hamper the U.S. military.

“I think if you look at some of the things that have found its way onto the screen, not just in the movie, but some of the specials around the anniversary of the bin Laden raid, I think one has to be concerned that that’s going to impact the ability to carry out similar operations in the future,” the senator said, according to a release from Bloomberg News.

 

Rubio, who is widely presumed to be on presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney’s short list of potential vice presidential candidates, also defended Romney against Obama campaign attacks on his work at Bain Capital.

“I think the bigger issue that people are upset about, and certainly that I think I question, is that behind the ads [featuring laid-off workers] isn’t just the performance of Bain Capital, but the insinuation that somehow Mitt Romney is a bad person who doesn’t care about the plight of these individuals. And I think that’s deeply unfair,” Rubio told Bloomberg’s Hunt.

Rubio was also asked about Romney immigration adviser Kris Kobach, the Kansas secretary of state and the author of Arizona’s controversial immigration law, whose harsh anti-immigration sentiments could hurt Romney’s already troubled standing with Latino voters. Rubio said that Kobach “gives voice to a real frustration,” but he declined to endorse all of his ideas.

“I certainly agree with him that we have an illegal immigration problem in America. I think there’s differences of opinion in the Republican Party about a bunch of these things,” Rubio said.

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