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Rubio’s double-standard problem

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I’m waiting any moment now for Marco Rubio to demand that President Obama recall our ambassador to China and shut down our embassy there.

That’s because the junior senator from Florida — and now Republican presidential candidate — has decided to get tough on China.

In an article posted last week on the National Review, Rubio declared that the communist regime in Beijing “has gotten a free pass” for far too long and that it’s got to start answering for its often brutal human-rights abuses.

All I can say is: Hear, hear, senator! It’s exciting to see Rubio take this bold stand after, well, giving China a free pass for far too long. Like the time — just last year, actually — he let Beijing pay for a junket his aides took to the People’s Republic for friendly talks on trade and foreign policy.

Rubio finally seems to be addressing his double-standard problem.

He’s decided to confront China the way he and the rest of the Cuban-American congressional caucus insist we stand up to communist Cuba. And I’m assuming that means: No more diplomatic relations with China.

Right, senator?

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Tim Padgett is WLRN’s Americas editor.

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