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Rubio vows to rebuild military, fire VA employees who aren't doing jobs

PEWAUKEE -- GOP presidential hopeful Marco Rubio today vowed to rebuild the military and fire employees of the Veterans Administration "who just aren't doing their jobs."

The 44-year-old senator from Florida also called for ripping up the nuclear deal the Obama administration negotiated with Iran.

"As our world grows more dangerous, Barack Obama has weakened our military," Rubio said during a rally at the Country Springs Hotel in Pewaukee.

Rubio sought to cast himself as decisive on foreign affairs, saying the U.S. needs a foreign policy of "moral clarity." But he said Obama has left "our allies feeling betrayed and our adversaries feeling emboldened."

To underscore that, Rubio cited the Middle East, where he said there is only one "pro-American free enterprise democracy -- the state of Israel."

"We have a president who treats the prime minister of Israel with less respect than what he gives the ayatollah of Iran," Rubio said. "That's why on my first day in office, I will cancel this reckless deal with Iran."

Rubio said Iran is going to receive $150 billion after sanctions are lifted under the nuclear deal, and he predicted the country "will use it to sponsor terrorists that kill Jews and kill Americans" and eventually will buy or build a nuclear warhead.

Rubio did not take questions from the media, but he spent 20 minutes posing for photos and shaking hands with supporters, about 300 of whom packed the hotel's grand ballroom.

-- By Kay Nolan


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