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Marco Rubio on Senate Floor: Venezuela Is the New Cuba

1:17 PM, Feb 25, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
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Marco Rubio, the Florida Republican, spoke Monday on the Senate floor about the reign of oppression in his parents' native Cuba and in Venezuela. Rubio gave the address after Iowa Democratic senator Tom Harkin gave a rosy evaluation of Cuba after a recent trip there. Drawing on the example of Castro's Cuba, Rubio draw comparisons to the Maduro government in Venezuela.

Watch Rubio's full speech below:

Marc Caputo, a political reporter with the Miami Herald, called the speech the "best oration" of Rubio's career. Here's an excerpt:

For 14 minutes and 16 seconds, Rubio gave the best oration of his political career, speaking largely off the top of his head and with only the barest of notes. Rubio sometimes dripped with sarcasm or simmered with indignation as he made the case to Congress that the United States needs to continue Cuba sanctions and punish Venezuela.

Over the next few days, Rubio said, he’d propose sanctions “we should be pursuing against the individuals responsible for these atrocities.”

Rubio said it’s “shameful” that the United States and Congress haven’t done more to denounce or punish the government-sponsored violence in Venezuela.

As an aide flipped through over-sized photos of Venezuelan protests, Rubio ticked off the struggles of living in the country, the horrors of its citizens dying and being jailed at the hands of its government.

Read the whole thing here.

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