Rubio: Clinton is ‘20th century candidate’

Lauren Schneiderman

Sen. Marco RubioMarco RubioSenate rivals gear up for debates Rubio: End of Obama's term could be 'most damaging yet' Fifteen years since pivotal executive order, STORM Act could help fight terror finance MORE (R-Fla.) on Tuesday said Hillary ClintonHillary Rodham ClintonPost piles on: ‘Beyond debate’ Trump is unfit for office Clinton, Netanyahu have ‘in-depth’ conversation about US-Israeli ties NYT lays out argument against Trump for president MORE is a “20th century candidate” ill-suited to leading the nation going forward.

“I just think she’s a 20th century candidate,” Rubio told NPR. “I think she does not offer an agenda for moving America forward in the 21st century, at least not up till now.”

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Rubio, who’s weighing a White House bid or reelection in Florida, said he would make his decision about a presidential run by early 2015.

“There's a lot of work to be done if you're going to run for president, or if you're going to run for reelection in a state as big as Florida,” Rubio said.

Earlier this month the freshman senator said he believed he could beat Clinton in a race for the White House.

“Multiple people can beat her. Hillary Clinton is not unbeatable,” he said in an interview with radio host Hugh Hewitt. 

On Tuesday, Rubio reiterated his attack on the former secretary of State's record, saying she worked in “an administration that has had virtually no successes on foreign policy.”

The Cuban-American senator, who last year co-sponsored an immigration overhaul that passed the Senate but failed in the House, also called for immigration reform amid the recent border crisis. But he said there first must be better border security and a modernization of the immigration system.

Democrats fired back, arguing Rubio's policies would take the coutnry back even further.

The criticism of Clinton is "rich coming from a Senator who wants the minimum wage to have less purchasing power than it did in the 1960’s, take women’s health care back to the 1950’s, shut down the government like Republicans did in the 1990’s and has voted time and again to end Medicare as we know it," Democratic National Committee nation press secretary Michael Czin said in an e-mail.

This story was updated at 11:27 a.m.