In an interview with CBS Miami's Jim DeFede that aired Sunday, Sen. Marco Rubio touched on a number of issues: allegations against Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore, Senate tax reform efforts, American wage stagnation, the death of Sgt. La David Johnson and the various ongoing Russia investigations.
But perhaps the portion of the interview that will raise the most eyebrows was Rubio's discussion of sexual misconduct allegations against his colleague Sen. Al Franken, D-Minnesota.
“The things he’s already admitted to I find to be outrageous and offensive — and I do think on that alone he should consider resigning,” Rubio told DeFede.
DeFede asked Rubio whether Franken should resign after Rubio reiterated his belief that Roy Moore will be dogged by ethics concerns the day he potentially enters the Senate.
“If he’s elected to the Senate…he will find himself immediately in an ethics situation or some other hearing where perhaps even more will be revealed,” Rubio said.
"[Franken]'s going to go through the same process," Rubio later added. "I think the accusations against him, including many of which he's admitted, are horrifying."
Some other noteworthy moments from the interview:
- Rubio said the allegations against Moore will “potentially” harm the Republican Party if the judge is elected.
- Rubio, on whether he will vote for the Senate tax reform measure: “I have shied away from making pronouncements like that because it’s usually not productive. There may come a point where something like that needs to be said. Let me just say this right now: I am confident that we are going to get there in the Senate bill.”
- Rubio, on whether an intelligence failure is to blame for Sgt. La David Johnson’s death: “I think you could potentially arrive at that conclusion that there were things that could have been done better, but they were in a dangerous environment. That was known to all. And I think we’ll learn at the end of the day that there were some things that were not anticipated that perhaps could not have been anticipated.”
- Rubio on the Mueller investigation into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russian government during the 2016 election: “I have never lacked confidence that they are going to do a thorough job.”