Rand Paul shared "a few thoughts" on national security in a series of tweets Friday, including his belief that "Marco Rubio has failed" in his duty to protect Americans.
"I have a few thoughts on what true national security is, how we achieve it, and the abysmal record of one of my opponents in this area," the Kentucky senator and Republican presidential candidate tweeted at approximately 11 a.m. ET.
The feisty libertarian, who Rubio dubbed a "committed isolationist" during the fourth GOP debate, proceeded to rail against his colleague and 2016 opponent in nearly a dozen tweets, some of which promoted Paul's recent legislative proposal to ban refugees from 32 "high-risk" Muslim-majority countries. Rubio was among those who voted against Paul's amendment, which failed 89-10 to pass the Senate Thursday evening.
This President has utterly failed at the job. I have led, and proposed measures to fix the problems.— Dr. Rand Paul (@RandPaul) December 4, 2015
But as I led, Marco Rubio has gone the other way, preferring open borders, broken systems and siding with Harry Reid and Chuck Schumer— Dr. Rand Paul (@RandPaul) December 4, 2015
Paul continued to rail against Rubio for playing a central role in crafting the Senate's 2013 "Gang of Eight" immigration package, which included a 13-year pathway to citizenship for the estimated 11 million illegal immigrants in the U.S. and a handful of border-security benchmarks, and for voting against his amendment to the bill which called for increased monitoring of immigrants and foreign nationals visiting the U.S.
Marco Rubio voted against my border security and refugee/visa reform measures then too, leaving us less safe.— Dr. Rand Paul (@RandPaul) December 4, 2015
This is nothing new, it is a pattern through his entire career. I want to secure our borders, fix our broken systems. Marco Rubio opposes.— Dr. Rand Paul (@RandPaul) December 4, 2015
Paul ended his 11-tweet rant by giving Rubio a failing grade.
For years on this important national security test, I have led, and Marco Rubio has failed.— Dr. Rand Paul (@RandPaul) December 4, 2015
Rubio appeared to ignore his opponent's attack Friday, tweeting instead about the San Bernardino shooting and his opposition to calls for further gun control. His campaign did not respond to the Washington Examiner's request for comment.
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