Mayor Pete to China? Marco Rubio’s a no
Marco Rubio worries about presidential weakness. Image via AP.

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Biden nominee may find a bumpy road.

Speculation is that Pete Buttigieg, a former Mayor of South Bend, Indiana and Democratic presidential candidate, is Joe Biden‘s pick for Ambassador to China.

If that’s the case, the President-elect can expect pushback from one important Republican in the U.S. Senate, one who sees America at a “watershed moment” with Beijing.

On Wednesday’s edition of “The Story with Martha MacCallum,” Florida’s Marco Rubio told Fox News Channel viewers that he is opposed to Mayor Pete serving as America’s envoy to Beijing.

The principal objection to Buttigieg is that he is “not qualified,” Rubio told MacCallum.

“No disrespect to the Mayor,” Rubio said, “who doesn’t have the depth and breadth of experience to deal with China. Look, his only experience with China to my understanding was he worked at McKinsey.”

Rubio conceded that “it doesn’t mean he’s not qualified to be an ambassador somewhere,” but Beijing is beyond Buttigieg’s skillset.

“You are dealing with the second largest economy in the world. The second most powerful military in the world. A near peer competitor to the United States. The country with whom our relationship will define the 21st century.”

“I think it’s important that we send someone to that post who has some depth of understanding,” Rubio said. “With all due respect to the former Mayor of South Bend, I just don’t think that’s what gets you ready for it.”

Rubio has drawn a line in the sand regarding Biden nominees already, predicting a “tough slog” for those who are too far to the left for Republican tastes.

“Here’s the bottom line. Joe Biden is going to nominate people to positions if he takes office. He’ll nominate people to positions that, frankly, I would never nominate if I were President, and I wouldn’t support if I had my choice. But I do believe presidents do deserve some deference in who they nominate. Now, there are obviously things that could be disqualifying,” Rubio said last month.

Being too far left is one. But not having a deep resume apparently is another.

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]


5 comments

  • Dennis Rees

    December 9, 2020 at 9:54 pm

    And Marco has those chops? Not!

    Retire Rubio 20:22

  • Sonja Fitch

    December 10, 2020 at 5:41 am

    Wow the easiest sleaziest way to avoid your responsibilities is to Just Say No, little Marco! Marco vote him out in 2022!

  • Tjb

    December 10, 2020 at 11:51 am

    Has little Marco ever spoke out against any of Trump’s choices in the State Department or key cabinet/ federal government positions?

  • George Jackson

    December 10, 2020 at 7:23 pm

    Little Marco was beaten up and bashed by Trump and now Marco is so scared he worships at the Temple of Trump. No integrity or backbone. Spineless Rubio!!

  • Theresa C.

    December 11, 2020 at 3:22 am

    Where the heck was Little Marco when Trump was appointing all his illiterates to every foreign post on the globe? Where was he when our finest ambassadors were being thrown out of office? Little Marco and the band of thieves in the GOP can take their objections and shine on. We will not forget as he stood by and watched our democracy be threatened by Thugs and Thieves. He had no guts when Trump was blowing the doors off. Now that an actual statesman is making the assignments, Rubio has Zero Credibility and will be shown the Door along with Desantis next time around.

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