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TWP The man to watch in Rex Tillerson’s confirmation hearing? Marco Rubio.

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Sens. John McCain (R-Ariz.), left, and Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) are generally aligned on national security issues. McCain would like the GOP to maintain a more traditional stance on foreign policy. (Alex Brandon/AP)
By Paul Kane January 10 at 6:58 PM
The most interesting person to watch in ExxonMobil chief executive Rex Tillerson’s confirmation hearing for secretary of state Wednesday — after Tillerson himself — is without question Sen. Marco Rubio.

The Florida Republican is likely to reveal what kind of future he wants in President-elect Donald Trump’s Washington, and there are two broad possibilities. He could play a lead role in trying to torpedo Trump’s pick for the nation’s top diplomat, by turning his question-and-answer sessions with Tillerson into an aggressive attack on the nominee’s economic ties to Russia and the honors bestowed upon him by President Vladimir Putin.

Or Rubio could be, well, more diplomatic, tempering his questions about Tillerson’s global philosophy and Trump’s views toward Putin and paving the way for an easy confirmation.

Rubio’s fellow hawks on national security issues will be watching closely to see which path he takes. Several of them have joined Rubio in criticizing Tillerson’s credentials, but Rubio is the most prominent among them on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, which is tasked with vetting the oil titan’s qualifications. That puts equal pressure on Rubio to voice that perspective — and to be careful about his relationship with the incoming administration.

“I will most certainly watch for Senator Rubio’s questions and want to hear how that interchange goes,” Sen. James Lankford (R-Okla.), who is not on the committee but has concerns about Tillerson, said Tuesday.

[How Exxon, under Rex Tillerson, won Iraqi oil fields and nearly lost Iraq]

Sens. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Lindsey O. Graham (R-S.C.), who are allied with Rubio on defense issues, have already staked out positions as antagonists toward the incoming president and his pick for secretary of state, seeking to keep the Republican Party’s more traditional stance on foreign policy.

Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), the committee chairman, meanwhile, is playing the opposite role: serving as an adviser to the incoming president and to Tillerson and trying to shape their views through positive persuasion.

Rubio has yet to signal which direction he’ll take Wednesday, despite early claims of “serious concerns” about Tillerson’s nomination.

A forceful attack on Trump’s seemingly friendly stance toward Russia would win credit with many traditional GOP foreign policy experts, but it could renew the personal battles with the president-elect that played out during the Republican nominating contest. Once considered a rising star within the GOP, Rubio saw his presidential ambitions end last year amid an acrimonious trade of personal insults with Trump.

As word spread last month that Tillerson was the likely nominee, Rubio took to Trump’s most preferred means of communication, Twitter, to criticize the CEO for being awarded the Order of Friendship by Putin a few years ago because of ExxonMobil’s energy contracts in Russia.

“Being a ‘friend of Vladimir’ is not an attribute I am hoping for from a #SecretaryOfState,” Rubio tweeted.

Rubio issued a more detailed statement suggesting that the next secretary of state must have “moral clarity” and be free of “conflicts of interest.”

Several elder statesmen in the Republican foreign policy establishment quickly mounted a private campaign to quell Rubio’s concerns about Tillerson, and Rubio has been circumspect ever since. He said little of substance Monday evening on his way to meet Tillerson in his Senate office. A statement released later merely thanked the nominee for coming by; on Tuesday, Rubio told reporters only that he was going through “the process” of assessing the nominee.

[At the center of the pitch for Tillerson: Richard Cheney and Marco Rubio]

The most critical line of questioning will probably come on Tillerson’s views on sanctions against Russia, including new economic measures recently imposed by President Obama in the wake of election-meddling last year that the U.S. intelligence community has concluded was overseen by Moscow.

Tillerson has previously opposed sanctions that would have hurt ExxonMobil’s economic interests in Russia, and Trump has expressed his intent to have a better relationship with Putin than Obama did. He has only begrudgingly accepted the intelligence community’s conclusion that Russian operatives tried to influence the presidential election.

McCain and Graham, neither of whom are on the committee, have already signaled that their votes will probably depend on how Tillerson handles the Russia questions.

Some Democrats hope to shape those questions to divide the GOP’s Trump and McCain wings on foreign policy and imperil the nomination.

“I think we’d be fools not to think about the issues that may end up weighing on Republicans on the committee,” Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), a member of the committee, said in an interview. “I cannot imagine how John McCain or Lindsey Graham or Marco Rubio could vote for Tillerson if he does not make a firm commitment to continue and expand U.S. sanctions against Russia. And yet I don’t know how he makes that commitment, given Trump’s positioning.”

After his final meeting Tuesday with the nominee to prep him for the hearings, Corker said the business executive is ready, adding that as chairman he followed up with most members of the committee after they met with Tillerson.

“It’s up to Tillerson to win over people, and my observation is he likely will,” Corker told reporters. “There’s nothing in our conversations with Tillerson that would point out to me he is outside the mainstream of Republican thinking on Russia.”

Corker acknowledged that Rubio’s exchanges will have an extra layer of significance, particularly on Russia, but he expects Tillerson to more than meet the moment.

“My guess is you’re going to have people on both sides of the aisle, over and over again, pounding on issues like that, and my sense is that he will do a good job in responding. He certainly did in my office,” Corker said.
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Old 01-11-2017, 05:32 PM   #31
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No Russia did hack the DNC trying to get trump to win it's pretty much widely accepted on capital hill and that's the only Russian thing I've ever posted about the puppet.


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No it isn't. Stop lying. Besides the DNC was a leak...not a hack.
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Old 01-11-2017, 05:35 PM   #32
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No it isn't. Stop lying. Besides the DNC was a leak...not a hack.
how do you think the leak happened also love how trump attacked wiki leaks until it helped him win no intergrity
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Old 01-11-2017, 05:47 PM   #33
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Tillerson didn't look bad, but some of his answers were concerning. Not able to say that targeting hospitals is a war crime? "Can't recall" whether or not his company skirted sanctions to indirectly fund terrorism, even when the SEC came to them to investigate? Seems like exactly the sort of thing a CEO would know about.
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Old 01-11-2017, 05:51 PM   #34
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Tillerson didn't look bad, but some of his answers were concerning. Not able to say that targeting hospitals is a war crime?
You do realize that the answer to that question is not a definitive yes or no, but actually depends upon circumstances, right?
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Old 01-11-2017, 05:55 PM   #35
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You do realize that the answer to that question is not a definitive yes or no, right?
That's just one example. There is a repeated pattern of actions targeting civilians.
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Old 01-11-2017, 05:58 PM   #36
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That's just one example. There is a repeated pattern of actions targeting civilians.
Don't change the subject. You brought something up as concerning, because you said he couldn't give you an absolute answer ("Not able to say that targeting hospitals is a war crime?"), when there is no absolute answer to that question. In other words, what you claimed was concerning would actually be an appropriate response to the question.
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Old 01-11-2017, 06:22 PM   #37
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Don't change the subject. You brought something up as concerning, because you said he couldn't give you an absolute answer ("Not able to say that targeting hospitals is a war crime?"), when there is no absolute answer to that question. In other words, what you claimed was concerning would actually be an appropriate response to the question.
I'm not changing the subject. Their targeting of a children's hospital is a war crime. There is an absolute answer to that question.
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Old 01-11-2017, 06:22 PM   #38
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Hasn't Obama bombed a few Hospitals
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War crimes!!!!!!!
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Old 01-11-2017, 06:25 PM   #39
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Hasn't Obama bombed a few Hospitals
Edit/// Drs without borders.
War crimes!!!!!!!
Obama is certainly no saint when it comes to his foreign policy. But we don't do what they did.
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Old 01-11-2017, 06:31 PM   #40
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Old 01-11-2017, 06:37 PM   #41
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I'm not changing the subject. Their targeting of a children's hospital is a war crime. There is an absolute answer to that question.
You're wrong. Do a little research.

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Old 01-11-2017, 06:56 PM   #42
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McCain is the Joe Paterno of the Senate. He has been there to long amd its time for him to go.


He thinks the Capitol is a nursing home.
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Old 01-11-2017, 08:22 PM   #43
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You're wrong. Do a little research.
This is not how one conducts a reasonable and honest dialogue. You are wrong. The evidence is clear.
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Old 01-11-2017, 08:26 PM   #44
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He thinks the Capitol is a nursing home.


I haven't been on here much today, did you hear it was McCain that ordered an investigation into Trump and that is how they got that fake news story?
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Old 01-11-2017, 08:28 PM   #45
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You do realize that the answer to that question is not a definitive yes or no, but actually depends upon circumstances, right?
I agree with this take, those 'What would you do if this happened' questions are worthless as the person can respond with that they would have to know all the facts of the case.
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