He didn't mention Cuba in so many words, but suggested Mubarak's ouster, "should hearten those struggling for greater freedom and respect for human rights in our own Hemisphere.
"This is an historic moment for Egypt and the Middle East," Rubio said. "For perhaps the first time in its long history, Egypt’s government has listened to and heeded its people’s legitimate demands for greater freedoms and an end to corruption. This is an opportunity for the Egyptian people to chart a new, more hopeful and democratic future. Today’s events should hearten those struggling for greater freedom and respect for human rights in our own Hemisphere.
"Egypt is a key US partner and we must give our full support to ensure an irreversible and nonviolent transition to genuine democracy. It is imperative that a new Egypt continues to honor its commitment to regional peace and security in the Middle East, especially to its neighbor Israel."