Rubio hits Paul for ‘weak record on national security’
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Sen. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioWisconsin GOP says hackers stole .3M Hillicon Valley: Big Tech hearing the most partisan yet | Rubio warns about foreign election interference | Trump campaign site briefly hacked Rubio warns that election interference may ramp up around Election Day MORE (R-Fla.) said Sunday that Sen. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulGeorgia Republican Drew Ferguson tests positive for COVID-19 Could Blacks and Hispanics hand Trump a November victory? Trump says ex-staffer who penned 'Anonymous' op-ed should be 'prosecuted' MORE (R-Ky.), a fellow GOP presidential candidate, is the last person who should be criticizing his opponents on the issue of national security.

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After Paul attacked Rubio for blocking an amendment to heighten background checks on immigrants entering the country, Rubio said the Kentucky senator was just trying to draw attention away from his own record on defense.

“Well, look, Rand just uses this sort of rhetoric to distract from his very weak record on national security issues,” Rubio said on ABC’s “This Week.”

“I mean, he’s been one of the leading figures trying to gut American intelligence programs,” he added.

He said Paul wants to get rid of programs that would help prevent terrorist attacks on U.S. soil.

“Let’s say that, God forbid, what happened in Paris happened in Washington. We would want to know, we would want access to these people’s phone records, because it would give us clues as to who they were working with, who probably may be involved in plots themselves later on down the road,” Rubio said.

“Rand Paul wants to get rid of that program.”

Rubio said the scrutiny of background checks on Syrian refugees entering the country is irrelevant, as the background checks are impossible to perform in the first place.

“The problem is not the background checks. The problem is that we can’t background check them,” he said.

“It’s not that we don’t want to, it’s that we can’t, because there’s no way to background check someone that’s coming from Syria. Who do you call and do a background check on them?”

The Obama administration has said it will stay on course to allow 10,000 Syrian refugees into the country, despite the terrorist attack in France in which at least one assailant is suspected of entering the country posed as a migrant.