Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.) attacked Senator Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) in a very public way on social media Friday, sending out a series of social media messages directed at the senator over his opposition to the normalization of relations with Cuba.
"It's absurd and it's part of a long record of coddling dictators and tyrants that this administration has established," Rubio said Wednesday after President Obama's announcement that the U.S. would begin to normalize relations.
A back-and-forth between Rubio and Paul, who supports the normalization of relations, quickly began, with Rubio saying on Fox News Thursday night: “Like many people who have been opining, [Paul] has no idea what he’s talking about."
Paul returned fire on Twitter Friday, sending out these four tweets:
Hey @marcorubio if the embargo doesn't hurt Cuba, why do you want to keep it?— Senator Rand Paul (@Senator Rand Paul)1419011106.0
Senator @marcorubio is acting like an isolationist who wants to retreat to our borders and perhaps build a moat. I reject this isolationism.— Senator Rand Paul (@Senator Rand Paul)1419011208.0
The United States trades and engages with other communist nations, such as China and Vietnam. So @marcorubio why not Cuba?— Senator Rand Paul (@Senator Rand Paul)1419011315.0
.@marcorubio what about the majority of Cuban-Americans who now support normalizing relations between our countries? http://t.co/0qhSOeD9Va— Senator Rand Paul (@Senator Rand Paul)1419011476.0
Paul also sent out a Facebook message summarizing the points:
Both Paul and Rubio are widely expected to mount presidential bids, and the argument over Cuba could be a clear preview of the political battle in 2016.