The Note: Introducing the 'Rubio Doctrine'


--RUBIO'S THREE PILLARS: More speech excerpts provided by the Rubio campaign: "My foreign policy doctrine consists of three pillars. The first is American Strength ... To ensure our strength never falters, we must always plan ahead. It takes forethought to design and many years to build the capabilities we may need at a moment's notice. So to restore American Strength, my first priority will be to adequately fund our military ... The second pillar of my doctrine ... is the protection of the American economy in a globalized world ... As president, I will use American power to oppose any violations of international waters, airspace, cyberspace, or outer space. This includes the economic disruption caused when one country invades another, as well as the chaos caused by disruptions in chokepoints such as the South China Sea or the Strait of Hormuz ... The third pillar of my doctrine is moral clarity regarding America's core values. We must recognize that our nation is a global leader not just because it has superior arms, but because it has superior aims."




JEB BUSH: IN HINDSIGHT, NOT SURE WHETHER HE WOULD HAVE INVADED IRAQ IN '03. Granting 20/20 hindsight and everything we now know about faulty intelligence, Jeb Bush said Tuesday he's not sure whether he would have ordered an invasion of Iraq if he had been president at the time. "I don't know what that decision would have been. That's a hypothetical," Bush told radio host Sean Hannity, noting "we need to learn from the past." Bush spent the early part of this week getting pummeled by critics for how he handled the same question in a previous interview, according to ABC's CHRIS GOOD. Bush criticized how the war was handled and noted that the George W. Bush administration's intelligence, used to make the case that Saddam Hussein possessed weapons of mass destruction, was not proven correct. "Clearly there were mistakes as it related to faulty intelligence and the lead up to the war and the lack of focus on security," Bush told Hannity.

WHY SENATE DEMOCRATS VOTED AGAINST A HUGE OBAMA PRIORITY. President Obama's proposed trade deal faced its first test in the Senate Tuesday, with a critical vote on whether to move forward on legislation giving President Obama "fast-track" authority to make trade deals. But in an odd twist, most Republicans favor it while Senate Democrats are in full revolt against it, ABC's KATHERINE FAULDERS reports. This fast-track authority paves the way for a massive 12-nation trade agreement known as the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). Senate Democrats filibustered Tuesday to block the motion to proceed on the president's trade deal with a vote of 52-45, falling eight votes shy of the 60 votes needed. The problem? Senate Democrats demand that all four proposed trade bills -- fast-track, along with Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA), a customs enforcement bill and a trade package for African countries -- be included in a single bill before the Senate even considers opening up a debate on the legislation.

NOTED: OBAMA MET WITH SENATE DEMOCRATS AFTER VOTE. After the president's fast-track trade bill failed to advance in the Senate yesterday afternoon, Obama met privately with a group of Senate Democrats at the White House. The White House says the president and senators had a "constructive session" and agreed to push forward in approving the stalled legislation. Among the attendees was Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Oregon, who co-authored the bill only to vote against it Tuesday, according to ABC's JORDYN PHELPS.

WISCONSIN GOV. SCOTT WALKER MAKES QUIET PILGRIMAGE TO ISRAEL. If a top presidential contender goes to Israel but no reporters are there to record it, did it happen? Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is on a trip there currently, where he has met with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and opposition leader Isaac Herzog. In addition to those meetings, Walker has been visiting major historical and religious sites and mostly listening, as evidenced by tweets from Walker and from Matt Brooks, executive director of the Republican Jewish Coalition, a U.S.-based group. Walker has planned no open-press events during his roughly week-long trip to the Holy Land, according to ABC's CHRIS GOOD. Tweets will comprise American voters' insight into what he's up to.

REP. ADAM SCHIFF NOT RUNNING FOR US SENATE IN CALIFORNIA. Rep. Adam Schiff, an eight-term Democrat from California, has decided not to run for the open U.S. Senate seat in the Golden State in 2016, he told ABC News in an interview Tuesday. "I have decided not to run next year," said Schiff, the ranking Democrat on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. "I feel I'm in a position to have a big impact on national security policy as the ranking member on the Intelligence Committee. And I'd like to continue doing that." Schiff, who is also a member of the Benghazi Select Committee, said he "did look at it very seriously" but reached his decision over the weekend after consulting with family, friends and supporters, ABC's JOHN PARKINSON reports.

OBAMA GETS PERSONAL ON POVERTY: 'IT'S HARD BEING POOR.' President Obama had a message for the economists with whom he shared the stage at a summit on poverty yesterday: Don't forget the role race has played in economic and social inequality for generations. "It's hard being poor. People don't like being poor. It's time-consuming, it's's hard," the president said at a Georgetown University summit on poverty. "All that was happening 40 years ago to African-Americans and now what we're seeing is that those same trends have accelerated and they're spreading to the broader community," he continued. He said everyone has a stake in reversing the downward trend of income inequality, including the upper echelons. "If we can't ask from society's lottery winners to just make that modest contribution, than really this conversation is for show." ABC's ALI WEINBERG has more.


WHITE HOUSE WEIGHS IN ON TOM BRADY SUSPENSION. White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said he has not talked to Obama about the NFL's punishment against the New England Patriots and star quarterback Tom Brady but said, "as a general matter," Brady should be held to high standards of professionalism. "I do think that people around the world, particularly children, particularly boys, do look up to Tom Brady," Earnest told reporters in the White House briefing Tuesday, according to ABC's JORDYN PHELPS. "I think that as he confronts this particular situation and he determines what the next steps will be for him, that he'll be mindful of the way that he serves as a role model to so many." Earnest declined to issue any judgment about whether the NFL suspending Brady for four games, fining the team $1 million, and losing two draft picks over the alleged purposeful deflating of footballs ahead of this year's Super Bowl was appropriate. "I've got lots of thoughts, but none of them I'm willing to share here," Earnest said.


@GovMikeHuckabee: My thoughts and prayers go out to the passengers and victims in the Amtrak train crash in Philadelphia.

@tedcruz: We begin today with heavy hearts because of yesterday's Amtrak crash. Prayers go out to those injured or killed & their family & loved ones.

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