His efforts are drawing praise from across the GOP — and new comparisons to Reagan.
If the Cold War is back, Marco Rubio wants to be Ronald Reagan.
The GOP Florida senator has been laying out his case for a muscular, more interventionist foreign policy for weeks, sounding the alarm about Russia’s incursion into Crimea and criticizing President Obama for his handling of the crisis.
He’s positioned himself as a foreign policy hawk who might stand out from a GOP field that’s increasingly dominated by libertarians like Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) — whose views risk looking overly isolationist amid the Russia crisis.
Russia’s annexation of Crimea has given Rubio, a Senate Foreign Relations Committee member long critical of Obama on national defense issues, opportunities to show off his foreign affairs prowess on a national stage.