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Rubio votes against strike in Syria, but draws distance from Paul.

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Sept. 5, 2013, 6:28 a.m.

Sen. Marco Ru­bio (R-FL) voted against a res­ol­u­tion au­thor­iz­ing a mil­it­ary strike in Syr­ia, dur­ing a meet­ing of the Sen­ate For­eign Re­la­tions Com­mit­tee on Wed­nes­day. Ru­bio’s vote put him in the minor­ity and on the side of Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), an un­com­mon ally. But Ru­bio sought dis­tance from Paul after the vote, say­ing that he op­posed the meas­ure be­cause he is “un­con­vinced” that a mil­it­ary strike will work. Ru­bio: “Those who ar­gue that what hap­pens in Syr­ia is none of our busi­ness are wrong. … [I]f we fol­low the ad­vice of those who seek to dis­en­gage us from glob­al is­sues, in the long run we will pay a ter­rible price.” (Palm Beach Post)

STILL FO­CUSED ON OBAMA­CARE. Ru­bio sent a let­ter to the De­part­ment of Health and Hu­man Ser­vices Tues­day, call­ing on the de­part­ment to can­cel a planned $8.7 mil­lion ad buy pro­mot­ing the Af­ford­able Care Act. Ru­bio wrote: “Un­til crit­ic­al ques­tions can be answered re­gard­ing the avail­ab­il­ity and type of health in­sur­ance to be provided by Obama­Care, it is un­con­scion­able to spend tax­pay­er dol­lars to pro­mote and ad­vert­ise Obama­Care plans that have yet to be fi­nal­ized.” (Talk­ing Points Memo)

NEW MES­SAGE ON IM­MIG­RA­TION. Ru­bio is pro­filed in Sunday’s up­com­ing Parade magazine, in which he ad­dresses his push for im­mig­ra­tion re­form. Ru­bio: “It’s one thing to con­sider im­mig­ra­tion re­form as a the­or­et­ic­al policy is­sue, and an­oth­er to meet real people whose lives are im­pacted by it. As a sen­at­or, I in­ter­act with people who flat-out tell you, ‘Look, my kids were hungry. And I am go­ing to do what it takes to feed them.’ You think, ‘If I had been in that po­s­i­tion, would I have done something dif­fer­ent?’” (re­lease)
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