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Rubio signals opposition to Biden Cabinet picks

Sen. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioOvernight Defense: Joint Chiefs warn against sweeping reform to military justice system | Senate panel plans July briefing on war authorization repeal | National Guard may have 'training issues' if not reimbursed Senate panel plans July briefing on war authorization repeal Rising violent crime poses new challenge for White House MORE (R-Fla.) on Tuesday sharply criticized a number of President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenBaltimore police chief calls for more 'boots on the ground' to handle crime wave Biden to deliver remarks at Sen. John Warner's funeral Garland dismisses broad review of politicization of DOJ under Trump MORE's intended Cabinet nominees, calling them "caretakers of America’s decline" and suggesting he might vote against their confirmation next year.

In a tweet Tuesday morning, the Florida Republican suggested that the president-elect's nominees "went to Ivy League schools, have strong resumes, attend all the right conferences & will be polite & orderly caretakers of America’s decline."

"I support American greatness," the senator continued, adding: "And I have no interest in returning to the 'normal' that left us dependent on China."

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Rubio's remarks come a day after Biden announced that he would nominate his longtime aide Antony BlinkenAntony BlinkenPutin accuses US of organizing 2014 Ukraine coup China has declared information warfare against America — Biden must respond vigorously Envoy says US in talks to remove foreign forces in Libya ahead of elections MORE to lead the State Department while former assistant Secretary of State Linda Thomas-GreenfieldLinda Thomas-GreenfieldNikki Haley warns Republicans on China: 'If they take Taiwan, it's all over' US ambassador to UN to travel to Syria border town amid debate over humanitarian aid Harris, Hispanic Caucus meet on Central America MORE would be his pick to serve as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations. Both roles require Senate confirmation.

The Florida senator, who is one of a handful of GOP senators to acknowledge Biden as the victor of the 2020 election, previously ran against President TrumpDonald TrumpGuardian Angels founder Curtis Sliwa wins GOP primary in NYC mayor's race Garland dismisses broad review of politicization of DOJ under Trump Schumer vows next steps after 'ridiculous,' 'awful' GOP election bill filibuster MORE in the 2016 GOP primary and is seen as a potential contender for the 2024 Republican nomination.

Rubio attacked the Ivy League credentials of Biden's picks as he has positioned himself in recent weeks as a proponent of the GOP's shift towards targeting working-class voters. Earlier this month said that the future of his party was "based on a multiethnic, multiracial, working-class coalition" of supporters.

“If the takeaway from all of them is now is the time to go back to sort of the traditional party of unfettered free trade, I think we're gonna lose the [Trump] base as quickly as we got it. ... We can't just go back to being that,” the senator added in an interview with Axios.