Rubio stays out of the limelight on day of Clinton’s Benghazi hearings

Sen. Marco Rubio stayed out of the limelight Wednesday, flying under the radar on the day of Hillary Clinton’s long-awaited and often heated Senate and House Foreign Relations Committee hearings on Benghazi.

The Florida Republican was one of many Senators who questioned the Secretary of State about the U.S. consulate attacks in Libya on Sept. 11, 2012, but unlike other high-profile questioners, Rubio, a likely 2016 presidential candidate, played it cool.

The Senator asked Clinton generic questions about her prior knowledge of the need for additional security in Libya, but avoided the aggressive questioning tactics of 2008 presidential nominee Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and fellow 2016 hopeful Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), both of whom came off as highly combative and confrontational.

Instead, the Florida Senator commended Clinton for her service, both as a Senator and in her current role.

Following the hearing, Rubio kept out of the spotlight and did not answer questions from the press for the remainder of the day.

Later in the afternoon, the Senator spoke at an education event at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, where he addressed the importance of keeping the middle class strong and fixing the skills crisis that could jeopardize the future of the middle class.

Rubio made no groundbreaking statements in the speech, and once he finished speaking, he exited the room and shook hands with a few of the guests in the lobby of the Chamber. When a reporter asked if he would take questions, Rubio said he didn’t have time and left the building.

Even though the 2012 presidential campaign has been over for less than three months, Rubio’s name commonly comes up as a future candidate, and he is the anticipated GOP frontrunner in 2016. If Rubio really does intend to run for President, his decision today to purposefully lay low, allowing Paul to claim the spotlight, is odd. More importantly, Rubio skipped an opportunity to stick it to the woman who will most likely be his Democratic rival in four years should they run for and with their respective parties’ nominations.

Comments

Comments

  1. Chas says:

    Rubio commended Clinton? Why? For failing? I couldn’t understand the love fest and congratulatory “Thank You’s”. She failed at her job, why is anyone, much less Rubio, congratulating her on job well done? These politicians waste their time and ours holding these “back-patting” hearings.

  2. Eric Coddington says:

    Mr. Marco Rubio has played it cool when I told him three attempts as a Veteran
    on my life by V.A. Doctors. The tort laws hide murder and murder attempts
    simply put cover up business as usual. Many have sold out America for a easy
    ride in the system ! Veterans get no Justice any more and this comment will go
    no where as usual.

Polititainment

Valderrama speaks on immigration action
Actor Wilmer Valderrama spent this Thanksgiving thankful for President Obama’s executive action on immigration, which essentially gave amnesty to about 5 million illegal immigrants. And a special thank you to our president @BarackObama for giving millions of families hope this year.. The first step of many to come. — Wilmer Valderrama (@WValderrama) November 28, 2014 Valderrama […]
Billy Joel: Obama smoking story 'untrue'

After a report emerged from a source for The Hill newspaper that Joel on a trip to Washington, D.C., claimed that he recently smoked a cigarette with President Obama, the musician is now denying the story.

Pharrell: Brown's actions 'bully-ish'

Musician Pharrell Williams said in a recent Ebony magazine interview that President Obama "should have gone down" to Ferguson to address the situation.

Billy Joel smoked with Obama

According to one of The Hill's sources, Obama invited Billy Joel to have a cigarette with him when the musician made a recent trip to the White House.

Beckham's catch = Obama's executive act

You know it is.

White House

For first time in Obama’s presidency, majority of Americans believe things are going ‘well’
For the first time since President Obama took office, a majority of Americans believe things are “going well.” A new CNN/ORC International poll released Friday found that for the first time since 2007, a majority Americans say things in the country are going “well.” About 52 percent of poll respondents answered positively on that question. Last November […]
White House claims Obama is ‘not a media critic’

The White House doesn’t really seem to have a problem contradicting itself, so maybe this latest whopper shouldn’t surprise us.

Obama uses turkey pardoning to joke about his executive action on immigration
This is one executive action President Obama is sure won’t ruffle Republicans’ feathers. In fact, he’s so sure of that fact that he decided to make a joke during the annual turkey pardoning referencing his unprecedented use of executive action to grant amnesty to 5 million illegal immigrants. “I’m here to announce what I’m sure will […]
Poll: Americans split on Obama’s immigration order
Americans are sharply split on their reaction to President Barack Obama’s recent executive actions on immigration that will essentially give amnesty to about five million undocumented immigrants,according to a new poll. The latest Quinnipiac University survey released Tuesday found that 45 percent of voters support the president’s move, while 48 percent opposes it. Support for […]
Eric Holder stresses that federal investigations in Ferguson are not over

Attorney General Eric Holder released a statement Monday night assuring rioters that the Justice Department still has two investigations to complete in Ferguson.

Congress

Pelosi and Obama versus Schumer and America

This is like one of those times a member of a professional wrestling posse turns heel on national television and sets off the drama.

Rand blames 'politicians,' drug war in Ferguson

Sen. Rand Paul’s Time op-ed on Ferguson Tuesday blamed politicians for creating “a culture of violence” through the War on Drugs, and urged Ferguson protesters to “channel your frustration in ways that will make a positive change.”

Why are House Members exempt from ethics training?
Two U.S. representatives are questioning a curious practice on the Hill that exempts House Members from ethics training. But it doesn’t look like they are getting much support from their colleagues that enjoy this perk. Reps. David Cicilline (D-R.I.), and Scott Rigell (R-Va.), are urging congressional leaders to end the House exemption on the annual ethics […]
Paul calls for formal declaration of war on ISIS

Sen. Rand Paul wants Congress to formally declare war against ISIS.

The fallout from Boehner not owning a dog

President Obama's offer to smooth over an immigration reform compromise with Speaker John Boehner has turned out to be a case of barking up the nonexistent tree.