- The Washington Times - Friday, December 19, 2014

Sen. Rand Paul took a shot at his colleague, Sen. Marco Rubio, on Twitter, slamming the Florida Republican for an isolationist view on Cuba.

“Senator @marcorubio is acting like an isolationist who wants to retreat to our borders and perhaps build a moat. I reject this isolationism,” Mr. Paul tweeted.

The two senators have traded a couple of barbs over differing views of President Obama’s announced intent to normalize relations with Cuba. Mr. Rubio opposes the diplomatic outreach; Mr. Paul supports it.

But after Mr. Paul came out in public support of smoothed relations, Mr. Rubio slammed his Kentucky colleague as having “no idea what he’s talking about,” various media reported.

Mr. Paul then hit back, tweeting: “Hey @marcorubio if the embargo doesn’t hurt Cuba, why do you want to keep it?”

He also called Mr. Rubio an “isolationist” in a separate Twitter message, and later tweeted: “The United States trades and engages with other communist nations, such as China and Vietnam. So @marcorubio why not Cuba?”

But Mr. Paul didn’t end there. He also took to his Facebook page to criticize his Florida colleague.

He wrote, Talking Points Memo found: “Senator Marco Rubio believes the embargo against Cuba has been ineffective, yet wants to continue perpetuating failed policies. After 50 years of conflict, why not try a new approach? The United States trades and engages with other communist nations, such as China and Vietnam. Why not Cuba? I am a proponent of peace through commerce and I believe engaging Cuba can lead to positive change.”

He also put on his Facebook post similar hits that he tweeted: “Seems to me, Senator Rubio is acting like an isolationist who wants to retreat to our borders and perhaps build a moat. I reject this isolationism. Finally, let’s be clear that Senator Rubio does not speak for the majority of Cuban-Americans. A recent poll demonstrates that a large majority of Cuban-Americans actually support normalizing relations between our countries.”


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