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Actress Alonso: Marco Rubio Would Make a Great President

By    |   Thursday, 16 Apr 2015 03:54 PM

María Conchita Alonso says Mika Brzezinski can go ahead and call Marco Rubio a "little boy" — because while the junior Republican senator from Florida is young, he gets things done and would make a great president.

"I believe in boys that are smart, that have experience, that have people around them protecting him and advising him," the Cuban-American actress and Grammy-nominated singer said Thursday on "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV.

"I believe he has a lot of power around him that will do nothing but help the country.... It doesn't really matter what age number you have, but what you have done. He's done a lot."

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Alonso's comments came after a discussion of the 2016 presidential race on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" with co-hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski.

Brzezinski remarked that in a matchup between Rubio, 43, who threw his hat into the ring on Monday, and Hillary Clinton, 67, the presumed Democratic pick, Clinton "eats him for lunch."

"Maybe this is my ideology speaking, but I'm sorry, that's a little boy and that's an experienced, accomplished woman that's been elected to the Senate twice, who's served as first lady, who's served as secretary of state," Brzezinski said.

But Alonso, whose films include "Moscow on the Hudson" and "Vampire's Kiss," said age makes no difference.

"[Rubio has] been concentrating and preparing himself for this moment — and I'm closer to Hillary's age than Marco's age," said Alonso, 57.

She said she met Rubio last year and was immediately impressed.

"I really like him.... We had a nice conversation. I like him because he's very young but with a lot of experience. He has more experience than what [President Barack] Obama had when he became president," Alonso said.

"I like him because he's a family man. He's very strong, he's into God, but also, he is into protecting the United States and not only the United States but Latin America.

"[He has] Cuban parents, immigrants who came here and look what he is right now, he knows absolutely what's going on in Latin America, that we have to pay attention because all of the United States' enemies are in Latin America."

She said Rubio knows the United States "has to be stronger and achieve again the power that this country always had."

"We have to believe in love and peace, but if you have to protect your environment, the moment has to come where you have to put that aside and do something heavy to protect your own and your people," she said.

Alonso is also skeptical of the new alliance between Cuba and the United States, which this week took the island nation off its enemies list.

"What's happening now is that [Obama] is giving the regime, the communist regime, more power, and more money will come in — not for the people, but for the regime," she said.

"The United States should say, 'OK, we'll do all these great things … but you've got to free the political prisoners. You've got to give permission to the Cubans to travel if they want to travel without asking permission.'

"I have friends that are over there, and they are not happy. They are not happy because they said this has given the regime … more power and nothing has changed for the normal people."

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