Transcript: Sen. Marco Rubio on “Face the Nation,” Sept. 10, 2017

Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Florida, joined “Face the Nation” Sunday as the center of Hurricane Irma was just off Key West.

Speaking from Miami, Rubio said there are a couple of things people in Florida need to know.

What follows is a transcript of the interview with Rubio, which aired Sunday, Sept. 10, 2017, on “Face the Nation.”


John Dickerson: Florida Senator Marco Rubio joins us by phone from Miami. Senator right now what’s the most important thing that people in your state need to know?

Marco Rubio: Well a couple of things. Obviously there is no — virtually no part of Florida that is not going to be impacted by the storm. I am currently in my home here in west Miami and it is a nasty, brutal storm. And we are not even in the eye of the storm. We are going to get the sustained tropical storm winds, we are getting the gusts from hurricanes, tornado threats. It is going to be exponentially worse everywhere from you know up the west coast of Florida. So if you live in Naples, in Fort Myers, in Sarasota, in the Tampa Bay region, this storm has the potential to be that sort of worst-case scenario that meteorologists and emergency planners dread. And obviously you have to listen to local officials at this point but if you are in one of the storm surge areas, it is important for you-there’s still a chance to get out-to heed those warnings. This is not going to turn, it’s not going anywhere else, it’s coming in the next few hours. You’re probably feeling the effects of it already. And in many ways as I said this is hitting the west coast of Florida is the worst possible route this thing could’ve taken.

Dickerson: In your neighborhood senator, there has been a lot of worries about senior centers, about hospitals, areas where people can’t get out of the way of this. What can you tell us about what those are holding up and are they ready for a storm of this size?

Rubio: Yeah the good news is that we have been able to for days now message on this in the…

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