Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., returned from his first trip to the U.S. Naval Base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and deflected any questions about his visit and the continued attention the first term senator is receiving as a potential vice presidential pick for Mitt Romney, the presumptive GOP nominee.
Asked if his trip to Gitmo was preparation, and perhaps an attempt to bolster his foreign policy credentials as a vice presidential pick, Rubio carefully side-stepped the question, focusing on his senatorial duties.
"I am a member of the intelligence committee; there's a lot of places I need to visit and get up to speed. I have only been in the Senate a year and a half." Rubio said, shrugging off the media's peppering of questions in English and Spanish. "There's still a lot of things I need to do to get up to speed with some of the colleagues I work with."
The Cuban-American senator did say that after this first visit to Cuba, albeit on the American soil of the historic base established years before the communist regime, that he hoped to one day return to the land where his family emigrated from during the 1950s as Fidel Castro rose to power.
"It was touching to be able to fly over the island from a distance and see it and know that was the land that saw your parents and grandparents were born. And that's a place I hope to visit soon a free Cuba, one where the people can choose their own leaders and their own future," Rubio said to reporters after walking off a small jet plane.
Among other areas of the Naval base, Rubio toured the facility where the U.S. is conducting their ongoing military tribunals of alleged Al Qaeda terrorists but would not say whether he saw any of the detainees or offer many other details of his trip aside from calling it " productive."