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Rubio on Jeb Attacks: 'We'll Continue to Be Friends'

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By    |   Tuesday, 19 Jan 2016 12:00 PM

The battle between Jeb Bush's and his former protege Marco Rubio is heating up for the GOP presidential nomination, but Rubio said Tuesday that he and the ex-governor will continue to be friends.

"It's a political campaign," the junior Florida senator told Fox News' "Fox and Friends" program, explaining that on a personal level their relations are "not strained at all. I continue to like Jeb very much, and as I said, we'll continue to be friends."

As for now, though, Bush has chosen to focus his attacks on Rubio, but "that's fine," he said.

"We're going to obviously point out the fact that these ads have an air of desperation about them and that they're not accurate," he said. "But we're going to move forward and continue to focus on our record. When I ran for office here the whole establishment came to me and said don't run, it's not your turn, and that I needed to wait in line. This was no time for patience. After seven years of Barack Obama this is no time for patience."

Also on Tuesday's program, Rubio said he was not surprised about reports that two SIM cards are missing from satellite phones used on a U.S. Navy boat stopped by the Iranian military last week, when 10 sailors were detained.

"Iran is not an ally of the United States," he said. "We don't know what's on those cards … this notion that John Kerry and others keep putting out there that the Iranians are friends, you see how nice they were when they took our sailors? How quickly they returned them? It is absurd. Iran is an enemy of the United States."

The sailors were made to pose on their knees, Rubio continued because "they want to send a message to the world that they have us on our knees ... they're humiliating America and they're growing stronger and we're growing weaker."

And, he promised, "my first day in office we're going to cancel the deal with Iran. We are not going to turn over billions of dollars in sanctions relief to a government that is developing long range missiles, sponsors Hezbollah and other terrorist groups, props up Assad, and by the way, has always had a nuclear program, and I believe will eventually use that money to either buy or build a nuclear warhead."

Then, he said he wants to ask Congress not to only reauthorize existing sanctions, but increase them, particularly on certain sectors of the Iranian economy.

"Then I'm going to make very clear to the world that we are strongly on Israel's side," he said, and then, "we are going to build a missile defense shield to protect America and our allies from the prospects that Iran could one day acquire a long range missile capable of reaching the mainland of the United States."

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