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Marco Rubio: Bernie Sanders could be 'president of Sweden.' Iowa GOP voter: Rubio could be 'president of communist Russia'


SIOUX CITY, Iowa -- Before Marco Rubio kicked off a lively campaign event Saturday, 25-year-old Dakota Hoard, a Rand Paul supporter, said he was "happy to be persuaded" to switch his allegiance to the Florida senator.

He left the town hall unpersuaded -- and angry.

He had tried to ask Rubio a question about this statement by the candidate in a December debate: "If you're an American citizen and you decide to join up with ISIS, we're not going to read you your Miranda rights. You're going to be treated as an enemy combatant, a member of an army attacking this country."

Hoard got as far as mentioning the statement to Rubio on Saturday in Sioux City, Iowa, before Rubio stood by what he'd said.

"Absolutely," he said. ("Yeah!" someone in the audience yelled.) "We're going to treat you just like someone in 1940 who joined the German army" and decided to kill Americans," Rubio continued. "Because they're not members of the Mafia. These are killers in the enemy army."

The answer went over well in the room. But not with Hoard.

"He assumes people are guilty," an exasperated Hoard told the Miami Herald afterward. "That violates the Fifth and 14th Amendments [to the Constitution]."

Then he turned on its head one of Rubio's favorite lines -- that Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders would make a good "president of Sweden."

Said Hoard about Rubio: "He would be a great president -- for communist Russia."