Obama Says Hugo Chavez Doesn't Present Serious National Security Concern; Rubio and Republicans Jump to Attack

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América TeVe, the little Spanish-language, Hialeah Gardens-based scored a big interview with President Barack Obama, and it's causing a major controversy.

Obama told reporter Oscar Haza that Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has not posed a "serious national security impact" to America in the past few year. Prominent Republicans including Florida Senator Marco Rubio and Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney have jumped at the chance to criticize the President's remarks.

"We're always concerned about Iran engaging in destabilizing activity around the globe," Obama told Haza. "But overall my sense is that what Mr. Chavez has done over the last several years has not had a serious national security impact on us."

"We have to vigilant," he continued. "My main concern when it comes to Venezuela is having the Venezuelan people have a voice in their affairs, and that you end up ultimately having fair and free elections, which we don't always see."

The remarks didn't sit well with the GOP, who have long been fearful of threats posed by Iran and its ties to leftist regimes in Latin America.

Rubio released the following statement:
"It's now disturbingly clear that President Obama has been living under a rock when it comes to recognizing the national security threat posed by Venezuela's Hugo Chavez.

"Hugo Chavez is not only a threat to the Venezuelan people's freedom and democratic aspirations, he has also supported Iran's regime in its attempts to expand its intelligence network throughout the hemisphere, facilitated money laundering activities that finance state sponsors of terrorism and provided a safe haven for FARC narco-terrorists, among many other actions. Just yesterday, the Wall Street Journal detailed how Hugo Chavez circumvents U.S. and EU sanctions to help prop up the Assad regime in Syria. And even Obama's own State Department belatedly but rightly expelled Chavez's consul general in Miami for her ties to a plan to wage cyber-attacks on the U.S.

"President Obama continues to display an alarmingly naïve understanding of the challenges and opportunities we face in the Western Hemisphere."
Romney also seized on the opportunity draw distinctions between his international agenda and that of Obama's with the following statement:
"This is a stunning and shocking comment by the President. It is disturbing to see him downplaying the threat posed to U.S. interests by a regime that openly wishes us ill. Hugo Chavez has provided safe haven to drug kingpins, encouraged regional terrorist organizations that threaten our allies like Colombia, has strengthened military ties with Iran and helped it evade sanctions, and has allowed a Hezbollah presence within his country's borders. And he is seeking to lead -- together with the Castros -- a destabilizing, anti-democratic, and anti-American 'Bolivarian Revolution' across Latin America. President Obama's remarks continue a pattern of weakness in his foreign policy, one that has emboldened adversaries and diminished U.S. influence in every region of the world. As president, I will speak clearly and resolutely on the challenges we face so that both our allies and our adversaries will know where we stand."
Of course, it's important to point out that President Obama did not totally dismiss the possibility that Iran or Venezuela could pose a threat, but rather that Venezuela has not in the past few years.

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Sir Sausage
Sir Sausage

So what you're saying is, if Romney is elected, he won't be any different than the current POTUS

Vic Vargaz
Vic Vargaz

The ONLY guns Romney and Rubio have ever had in their hands are the cocktail weenies they call their package. These two pampered pricks wouldn't know a national security threat if it popped out of the toilet and bit them in the ass. 

Vic Vargaz
Vic Vargaz

Senor Rubio-Puto is a liar, cheat, and thief. He has no ethics and less morals but does have a PhD in Bullshit from Havana University. No one cares about his parents we only care that Marco is a phony.

Drake Mallard
Drake Mallard

 everybody knows the "REAL MARCO RUBIo" as House speaker when he spent nearly $400,000 on office renovations. Spented thousands with GOP credit card  Rubio's 2010 senate campaign was fined $8,000 by the Federal Elections Committee for receiving "prohibited, excessive and other impermissible contributions totaling $210,173.09."it time to recall this clown Before the March 2000 session, Rubio was hardly the scorching conservative who would later woo Tea Partiers nationwide. He said he'd focus on supporting early education and community policing. And he wasn't particularly passionate about cutting spending. In his first three years, he supported adding a $4 surcharge to cruise tickets to fund a Marlins stadium and a $1.2 million earmark to build new bike paths in his district Records show Rubio sent payments to American Express totaling $13,900 for his personal expenses during his tenure as House speaker. But those payments were not made monthly. He made no contributions to the bill during a six-month stretch in 2007, records show. One committee paid relatives nearly $14,000 for what was incorrectly described to the IRS as "courier fees" and listed a nonexistent address for one of them. Another committee paid $5,700 to his wife, who was listed as the treasurer, much of it for "gas and meals." Rubio's spending continued in 2005 when the Republican Party of Florida handed him a credit card to use at his own discretion. While serving as House speaker in 2007 and 2008, he charged thousands of dollars in restaurant tabs to the state party at the same time taxpayers were subsidizing his meals in Tallahassee. Rubio's wife, former Miami Dolphins cheerleader Jeanette Dousdebes, served as the committee's treasurer. In reports filed with the state, Rubio and his wife failed to disclose more than $34,000 in expenses over an 18-month period. Marco Rubio was facing foreclosure on a Tallahassee house after missing five months of mortgage payments, according to a lawsuit filed in Leon County Circuit Court

Diblasi21
Diblasi21

It only takes knowing Rubio to realize that the man is a class act and will eventually make it to Washington! If there is Rubio dirt they would of found it by now or made it up like most of the dirty politics being played! Case in fact is the mountain that was made about his parents arrival date on US soil!

curt9954
curt9954

 Rubio is a FUCKING IDIOT! Romney will not pick him as a running mate because he knowa they will find dirt on him and that will make him a laughingstock just like Sarah Palin!

Beatrice D. Fisher
Beatrice D. Fisher

where are the military uniforms in your family hanging Willard?..MayorMoney.blogspot.com

Drake Mallard
Drake Mallard

 Romney's foreign policy experience consists of going to France with his butler to avoid the draft and having llarge bank accounts in several foreign countries known as tax havens. He's got a lot of credibillity. This is the same draft dodging idiot mitt robme who was vacationing in FRANCE spreading his mormon beliefs while true American patriots were CLEARLY and RESOLUTELY fighting & dying in VIETNAM!! Romney has criticized Obama on a range of foreign policy issues And where are the military uniforms in your family hanging Willard? Many of us are not willing to give you our sons and daughters for another war in exchange for Swiss bank accounts and car elevators. Of course, while he's beating the drums for war – his five good for nothing sons will be making Spanish speaking commericals and jumping into a nice cool pool at one of their many estates.

Drake Mallard
Drake Mallard

Why keep trotting out this Marco Rubio=Anchor Baby character? He has nothing to say and basically no one gives =Running on Empty aka joke

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