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Rubio pushing for diplomacy and foreign aid

U.S. Senator Marco Rubio will be in Jacksonville to hold a town hall meeting on jobs, the economy and the middle class in Mandaring Tuesday morning. (U.S. Senate, 2013)
U.S. Senator Marco Rubio will be in Jacksonville to hold a town hall meeting on jobs, the economy and the middle class in Mandaring Tuesday morning. (U.S. Senate, 2013)
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Updated: 11/20/2013 12:29 pm
MIAMI -- Republican Sen. Marco Rubio is pushing to make diplomacy and foreign aid the backbone of American foreign policy.

The Florida senator and potential presidential hopeful will outline his foreign policy vision in remarks Wednesday at the conservative American Enterprise Institute in Washington.

According to speech excerpts provided to The Associated Press, Rubio will argue that diplomacy and foreign aid should "vastly outnumber" the country's uses of military force.

The remarks separate Rubio from a growing isolationist wing of the Republican Party and come amid a debate in the GOP over the role of U.S. foreign policy and military involvement after Iraq and Afghanistan.

Traditional hawks have long favored military intervention in foreign conflicts. But a growing bloc of noninterventionists is pursuing a more dovish course. Rubio favors a middle ground.
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