The presidential campaign of U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., is in New York on Wednesday, where the senator is set to discuss the “three pillars” that will shape his foreign policy platform. The address at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York City is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. You can view the live stream below:
Rubio’s campaign emailed excerpts from his speech and identified the pillars as “American strength, “protection of the American economy in a globalized world” and “moral clarity regarding American’s core values.” It’s unclear how much Rubio will get into specifics about his foreign policy platform during the speech. For instance, he is expected to say that his “first priority will be to adequately fund our military,” but the excerpt doesn’t say what Rubio thinks that figure should be. “To ensure our strength never falters, we must always plan ahead. It takes forethought to design and many years to build the capabilities we may need at a moment’s notice,” Rubio is expected to say, adding that an adequately funded military “would be a priority even in times of peace and stability, though the world today is neither.”
If elected president, Rubio said, he “will use American power to oppose any violations of international waters, airspace, cyberspace, or outer space.” He is expected to say that countries like Russia, China and Iran “will know to expect a response from my administration” if they cause disruptions in waters like the South China Sea or the Strait of Hormuz in the Persian Gulf, but didn’t say what such a response would be. “Gone will be the days of debating where a ship is flagged or whether it is our place to criticize territorial expansionism. In this century, businesses must have the freedom to operate around the world with confidence,” the speech reads.
On America’s core values, Rubio is expected to say that “we must recognize that our nation is a global leader not just because it has superior arms, but because it has superior aims.” Rubio said he would support spreading economic and political freedom and “resist efforts by large powers to subjugate their smaller neighbors, maintain a robust commitment to transparent and effective foreign assistance programs, and advance the rights of the vulnerable, including women and the religious minorities that are so often persecuted, so that the afflicted peoples of the world know the truth: the American people hear their cries, see their suffering, and most of all, desire their freedom.”
Recent polling shows Rubio in a strong position among his rivals for the 2016 GOP nomination. Of the four latest polls, taken between mid- and late April, Rubio is leading in two of them, according to Real Clear Politics. In a head-to-head matchup with former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, the frontrunner for the Democratic nomination, Rubio trails Clinton by two percentage points in New Hampshire, 44 percent to 42 percent, according to a Bloomberg/Saint Anselm poll released Sunday.