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#2019WCA Video: Senator Marco Rubio on Democracy in the Americas

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

At the 49th Washington Conference on the Americas, Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) received the 2019 Chairman’s Award from AS/COA Board Chair Andrés Gluski, who highlighted the senior senator from Florida’s leadership on Capitol Hill on U.S. policy toward Latin America and on Venezuela, in particular. Rubio, chairman of the Senate's Western Hemisphere Subcommittee, then spoke about the situation in Venezuela and how the country is part of what he described as a global battle between totalitarianism and democracy. “A lot of chavistas are too materialistic to be communists,” he said, dismissing the notion that loyalists to Nicolás Maduro are ideologues and saying that the regime instead is held together by a desire to stay in power so chavistas can protect their families and the millions of dollars they’ve stashed in foreign banks.