Former presidential candidate Sen. Marco Rubio, says he does not share Donald Trump's stance on Vladimir Putin, with Rubio calling the Russian president ''a dictator.'' Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT - NO REPORTER NARRATION STORY: Senator Marco Rubio, a former presidential candidate, said that he did not back Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump's stance on Vladimir Putin calling the Russian President "a dictator." Rubio, who is now running for another term as senator of Florida, said, "I disagree with Donald Trump on many issues." He added, "I do not consider Vladimir Putin to be a strong leader, he's an autocrat so he's a dictator basically. He controls the press. He has no real political opponents because they are either dead or in jail." "That's not leadership. That's a dictator," he said. "I have strong policy disagreements with Barack Obama but he is a democratically elected president of our Republic in a system which the Senate and the House also have power and the judiciary. It's not a fair thing to compare," he said. Trump declared on Wednesday that Putin had been a better leader than U.S. President Barack Obama, as the Republican presidential nominee used a televised forum to argue he was best equipped to reassert America's global leadership. Trump suggested at the event in which he and Democratic rival Hillary Clinton made back-to-back appearances that U.S. generals had been stymied by the policies of Obama and Clinton, who served as the Democratic president's first secretary of state. "I think under the leadership of Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton the generals have been reduced to rubble. They have been reduced to a point that's embarrassing for our country," Trump said at NBC's "Commander-in-Chief" forum in New York attended by military veterans.