Sen. Rubio blasts Obama on Afghanistan, Iraq policies

The president also has erred, Rubio said, by setting a course to remove most of the post-9/11 U.S. military footprint from the Middle East.

The United States should maintain some permanent bases in places such as Iraq and Afghanistan to carry out missions in the future, Rubio said.

Several of the Republican presidential contenders have blasted Obama for his decision to withdrawal all U.S. troops from Iraq by the end of the year.