On Cuba, Sen. Marco Rubio has found a foreign policy cause to speak on with authority.
In a bold statement against the Obama administration, Rubio held a press conference Wednesday blasting the president's move to relax trade and diplomatic restrictions that have existed between the U.S. and Cuba since the Kennedy administration.
"This entire policy announced today is based on an illusion, on a lie," Rubio said.
Rubio said the Obama administration's view of the world is "more than just naive. It is willfully ignorant of the way the world really works."
Rubio asserted that he knew more about the Cuban regime than the Obama administration. He accused the president of taking a step backward and playing into the hand of a manipulative government in Cuba. Rubio says he has no doubt that the U.S. steps to thaw relations with Cuba would have a "dramatic impact on the cost of freedom and democracy on the island."
"I know the Cuban regime and its true nature better," Rubio said.
Speaking at the Capitol immediately after Obama's address, Rubio sought to assert himself as a foreign policy leader in the Senate as he eyes a potential bid for the White House in 2016. The senator has a personal connection to relations with Cuba. His parents immigrated from the country in 1956 shortly before Fidel Castro rose to power. While Rubio has been accused of embellishing facts about his parent's arrival in the U.S., his parents decision to start a new life in America has continued to be a key emotional narrative for the freshman senator as he's ascended in politics.