Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fl.) said in an interview broadcast Sunday that, if elected president, he would bring the nuclear weapons agreement with Iran to an end and reestablish current economic sanctions.
“Well, that agreement would come to an end,” Rubio said of the accord on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”
“The American sanctions are the most important sanctions of all,” the junior senator from Florida continued. “And I would give a choice to the Deutsche Bank or any other institution around the world. You can have access to the American economy or to the Iranian economy. I’m confident they will choose the American economy.”
In addition, Rubio said that, if president, he would hold the Iranian regime accountable through an increased threat of the use of military force.
“If, in fact, the evidence is there that they have moved forward on enrichment capabilities that exceed the amount they need for a program and that we see the weaponization process as moving forward, there will be the use of military force against Iran,” he said. “That’s their choice, not ours.”
Rubio also defended his pro-life stance on the program, saying that he does not support abortion even in the cases of pregnancies resulting from rape or incest, but that his primary goal is to reduce the total number of abortions.
“I’ll support any legislation that reduces the number of abortions,” Rubio said. “And there are those that have that exception [for rape or incest]. What I’ve never done is said I require that it must have or not have exceptions.”
“I recognize that in order to have consensus on laws that limit the number of abortions, a lot of people want to see those exceptions. And that’s why I’ve supported those laws in the past, as has every pro-life group in America.”
Rubio also said that he does not support measures to ban emergency contraceptives and intrauterine devices (IUD), which some anti-abortion groups contend cause abortions.
“I don’t want to ban any contraceptive efforts,” Rubio said. “Obviously, my faith has a teaching that governs me in my personal life on these issues. But I think our laws on those issues are different.”
Rubio’s position on abortion drew some attention in the first Republican primary debate after Fox News moderator Megyn Kelly stated that the junior senator from Florida thought abortion should be legal in the cases of pregnancies resulting from rape or incest.
“Well, Megyn, first of all, I’m not sure that that’s a correct assessment of my record,” Rubio said at the debate Thursday night. “I have never said that and I have never advocated that.”
By The Hill