Marco Rubio says he will cooperate with Joe Biden, depending on how the President-elect ‘behaves’
Marco Rubio had his say on Fox News Wednesday. Image via AP.

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Senator worries the radical left will drive decisions from the White House.

U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio on Thursday laid some ground rules for how he might receive nominees and policy moves from the incoming Joe Biden administration.

The Senator, appearing on “Fox and Friends,” contended that while he wasn’t devoted to obstructionism for the sake of obstructing, he reserves the right to oppose moves that run counter to his political philosophy.

In response to a New York Times report from Thomas Friedman saying that Biden wondered how Republicans would behave once Donald Trump is out of the White House, Rubio said the real issue is how “Biden behaves.”

“Is he going to sort of fall in line with the radicals in the Democratic Party that are already insisting right out of the gate that we’re going to do the clean, Green New Deal and all this other stuff or is he going to try to get things done that both sides can agree on? So a lot of it depends on what he seeks to prioritize and what he wants to do.”

“Look,” Rubio added, “I’m not just going to be against stuff because Joe Biden’s for it. If it’s something I’m for and he’s for, my job is to do what’s best for the country.”

“But we have to understand that a lot of things he’s for I’m going to be against,” the Senator continued.

Rubio noted that “people on the far left” will “try to push Biden in that direction,” and he’s “not going to be for any of that stuff.”

“I’ve never told anybody I’m a liberal Democrat,” Rubio said. “He’s surrounded by people on his side of the aisle, the first thing they do is criticize Israel.”

The Senator then described a “widely reported” event where Rep. Rashida Tlaib and a couple of other members of Congress he couldn’t name were cozying up to supporters of Hamas, but blanked when asked to recall specifics.

Then, he said there was “no reporting whatsoever” about the “attendance at this radical event,” before saying there was “some reporting but not in the widespread media.” The segment ended without further clarification.

While Biden likely doesn’t subscribe to positions held by the extreme left in the House himself, Rubio worries that “elements in the Democratic Party” will “have a voice” and steer policy.

The Senator has spent much of the post-election period setting parameters for engagement with the incoming Biden administration, predicting a “tough slog” in the currently Republican-controlled Senate for some nominees that are too far left.

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has been a correspondent for FloridaPolitics.com since 2014. In 2018, he was a finalist for an Association of Alternative Newsweeklies "best political column." He can be reached at [email protected]


10 comments

  • Ron Ogden

    December 3, 2020 at 9:32 am

    It will be up to Republicans on the Hill to work together. We have a put the stop to the creeping kind of leftism on which the Democrat Party thrives.

  • Tjb

    December 3, 2020 at 10:21 am

    Hey Ron,

    What about the creeping fascism and racism of the Trump movement? Heil Trump is echoing in the streets of American. So strongly sad. Good bye Democracy.

  • Frankie M.

    December 3, 2020 at 11:42 am

    If he behaves like Trump we’re all in trouble! You set the bar so low Marco.

  • Sonja Fitch

    December 4, 2020 at 6:04 am

    Stfu Marco. I am going to vote for a trash can for our US Senator over you in 2022! You are even more pathetic than Trump! You are a loser!

  • xp

    December 4, 2020 at 7:35 am

    TJB, I wholeheartly agree with you! Rubio, De Santis, Scott and Gaetz (the Florida gang) are dirtbags.

  • Palmer Tom

    December 4, 2020 at 10:10 am

    Define “behave.”

  • SANDY OESTREICH

    December 4, 2020 at 9:20 pm

    RUBIO==== MAKING DECISIONS OUT OF THE WHITE HOUSE IS HIS JOB NOW, SILLY LITTLE GUY!

  • Gracie C

    December 7, 2020 at 6:07 am

    Mr Rubio needs to understand one very simple concept; we will remember his actions, or rather lack of in 2022.
    Just because he’s pack peddling now, when he knows Trump is yesterday’s news, doesn’t mean all is forgotten.

  • J. Alfred Doane

    December 7, 2020 at 11:28 am

    This is very comical, he is worried about how Biden will behave after blindly following a Sociopatic Narcissist for the last 4 years? That is really amusing! I guess he won’t know who to Goose-Step behind when Herr Trump has shuffled off to Russia.

  • Sheryl Rohr

    December 14, 2020 at 12:21 am

    After Trump, Biden could swing from a chandelier in a bikini and pumps and it should be fine. Nothing touches how bat$h1tcrazy Trump is.

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