Marco Rubio implies: If terrorists attack, Ted Cruz is to blame

Marco Rubio says that if there is a terrorist attack in America, it will be because of people who voted against NSA surveillance, and he has previously criticized Ted Cruz for voting against it.  So he seems to be saying that future terrorist attacks will be on Ted Cruz's head.  Additionally, one of his super-PACs is running an ad saying that Cruz voted to weaken our ability to fight terrorists.

What exactly did Cruz vote for?  Cruz voted for a bill that stops the NSA from collecting all phone records from all Americans.  There is no reason for the government to keep details on all our phone records.  Remember the days when the government had to show "reasonable suspicion" and needed a warrant to get our private information?  Ever since the Bush administration, that has been ignored, and the government has been gathering data on all of us.

It's been a tremendous invasion of privacy, and it has been totally unnecessary, since 99% of us are not terrorist suspects.  Cruz voted to end this policy in order to protect our privacy while still giving the government the ability to request specific phone records from specific individuals of interest.  In other words, the government still has free rein to go after terrorists, while the privacy of most law-abiding citizens are protected.

This is what Marco Rubio is complaining about.  He seems to think that only a Big Brother government that keeps track of the private information of every citizen can keep us safe.  His ignorance of this is what one might expect of a slacking C student attacking a top Harvard grad.

Ironically, the votes of Marco Rubio have made us less secure.  He wants a massive amnesty for illegal aliens.  If he had gotten his way, millions of illegals, most of whom would be "vetted" only in a cursory way, would be legalized.  Some of them would undoubtedly be criminals, even terrorists.  Rubio has also refused to speak up about securing our border.  Every day we read about Syrian "refugees" trying to get across the Mexican border.  Rubio would do nothing about it.  And Rubio, until recently, said he wanted to bring in Middle Eastern refugees.

So Rubio, the candidate who would do nothing to protect our borders, attacked Ted Cruz for weakening our security.  He's found he can practice a few buzzwords like "paradigms," "geopolitical catastrophe," and "number one obligation," and people will think he is knowledgeable on security and foreign policy issues.  He isn't.

This article was written by Ed Straker, senior writer of, the conservative news site.

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