Rubio signals opposition to Biden Cabinet picks

Sen. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioSunday shows preview: All eyes on Biden administration to tackle coronavirus Rubio: Biden 'talking like a centrist' but governing 'from the radical left' The Hill's Morning Report - Biden's crisis agenda hits headwinds MORE (R-Fla.) on Tuesday sharply criticized a number of President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenDC residents jumped at opportunity to pay for meals for National Guardsmen Joe Biden might bring 'unity' – to the Middle East Biden shouldn't let defeating cancer take a backseat to COVID 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."


Rubio's remarks come a day after Biden announced that he would nominate his longtime aide Antony BlinkenAntony BlinkenBiden must wait weekend for State Department pick State Dept. to review Trump admin's decision to label Houthis a terrorist organization Overnight Defense: Austin takes helm at Pentagon | COVID-19 briefing part of Day 1 agenda | Outrage over images of National Guard troops in parking garage MORE to lead the State Department while former assistant Secretary of State Linda Thomas-GreenfieldLinda Thomas-GreenfieldBiden taps career civil servants to acting posts at State, USAID, UN Record number of women to serve in Biden Cabinet Biden to announce key State Department and national security posts: report 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 TrumpNYT: Rep. Perry played role in alleged Trump plan to oust acting AG Arizona GOP censures top state Republicans McCain, Flake and Ducey Biden and UK prime minister discuss NATO, multilateralism during call 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.