Rubio: Obama Presidency Effectively Over

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Thursday, 19 Jun 2014 09:25 AM

By Melanie Batley

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President Barack Obama's presidency is effectively over because the people have lost faith in his ability to lead and the president himself has failed to provide leadership both at home and abroad, said Florida GOP Sen. Marco Rubio.

In an appearance on Fox News' "Hannity" show on Wednesday, the possible 2016 presidential hopeful said he agreed with NBC News correspondent Chuck Todd's assessment that the latest polling figures indicate his presidency is no longer viable.

"I saw a commentator today say that these polls they reflected with the Obama presidency is over," Rubio said, referring to Todd's assessment of the NBC-Wall Street Journal poll released Wednesday showing that 54 percent of Americans say they no longer feel the president "is able to lead the country and get the job done."

"I agree with that. Obviously he still has responsibilities that I hope he'll live up to. But whether it's foreign policy or the issue on the border, or the VA, or the IRS losing its e-mails or Benghazi before that, it seems like every day now, every other day, there's a new crisis — almost like we're overwhelmed by the number of crisis and conflicts that are arising as a result of the incompetence and in some instances the design of this administration."

Rubio heavily criticized Obama's handling of the crisis in Iraq in particular.

"I don't think the president should be ruling things out even if he never intends to send a single American back. And by the way I don't take that lightly, nor am I calling for that. But you don't start by telling terrorists, 'Here's what we're not going to do,'" Rubio said of the president's initial announcement that he would not send troops to the region but subsequent decision to deploy 275 troops to protect American personnel in the region.

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