Rubio calls Putin 'weak' in speech highlighting his VP credentials

Sen. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioGOP Senate candidates trade barbs in brutal Indiana primary Students gather outside White House after walkout to protest gun violence Overnight Energy: Senate confirms Bridenstine as NASA chief | Watchdog probes Pruitt’s use of security detail | Emails shine light on EPA science policy changes MORE (R-Fla.) will call Russian President Vladmir Putin “weak” and say the Obama administration is not doing enough to force out Syrian President Bashar Assad in a foreign policy address Wednesday.

According to advance remarks of Rubio’s speech provided to Human Events, Rubio will say at the Brookings Institution that Putin is preaching “paranoia and anti-Western sentiments to Russians.” 

“Putin might talk tough, but he knows he is weak,” Rubio will say. “Everywhere he looks, he sees threats to his rule, real and imagined.”

Rubio's speech is garnering major attention from the media and conservatives because of his standing as a likely vice presidential pick for Mitt Romney. The foreign policy address is seen as an audition of sorts for Rubio, who needs to show voters he can carry himself on the national and international stage.

Rubio says that the fall of Assad would be a significant blow to Iran’s ambitions, and the Obama administration “should be seeking to help the people of Syria bring him down.” Rubio calls for a more activist U.S. foreign policy and says he disagrees with the way the United States engages around the world.

“While there are few global problems we can solve by ourselves, there are virtually no global problems that can be solved without us,” Rubio's will say.