Rubio on Hillary: 'She's a 20th century candidate'

(USA TODAY) -- Sen. Marco Rubio doesn't think much about all the presidential hype surrounding Hillary Rodham Clinton.

"I just think she's a 20th century candidate," Rubio, a potential candidate for the 2016 GOP presidential nomination, told NPR. "I think she does not offer an agenda for moving America forward in the 21st century, at least not up till now."

The Florida senator has said he'll make a decision about a White House bid by early 2015. Rubio is also up for re-election in Florida in 2016, and state law does not allow candidates to be on the ballot for two offices at the same time.

A member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Rubio has been stressing his view that the United States must exert influence around the world while balancing the use of military force with diplomatic and economic approaches. He said in his NPR interview that Clinton is "extremely vulnerable" given her record as secretary of State and charged that the Obama administration "has had virtually no successes on foreign policy."

Clinton has said she will decide by the end of the year whether she will seek the presidency. In a chat Monday on Facebook, Clinton was asked what her first action item would be as president. "Answering hypothetically," Clinton responded, "the next president should work to grow the economy, increase upward mobility, and decrease inequality."


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