But the senator also said that Clinton shares the blame with other administration officials for allowing the U.S. relationship with Russia to deteriorate. “The whole administration deserves blame, everybody, for the weakness and total misperception of the nature of Vladimir Putin. And pushing the reset button is certainly a graphic demonstration of that,” he said.
Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), a potential 2016 presidential candidate, agreed that there are "similarities" between Putin and Hitler's approach.
“I think Nazi Germany stands on its own as a unique and barbaric government that’s probably known no peer in terms of its brutality," he told reporters Wednesday. "I think the point that she was making, that in terms of the claims that they needed to move into a neighboring country to protect an ethnic group tied to them is certainly similar to the argument that Hitler made in the 1930s.”
Asked by a reporter whether the Cold War was over, Rubio said that the conflict with the Soviet Union that ended more than 20 years ago is complete, "but totalitarianism isn’t. In fact, if you look at the countries that are creating uncertainty around the world, be it China’s territorial ambition or North Korea’s weapons program or Iran’s ambition in the Middle East or the unrest in Venezuela and throughout Latin America and of course the situation with the Russians, time and again it’s a totalitarian-leaning government that’s involved in creating this uncertainty. There is certainly an ongoing geopolitical competition between the majority of the countries in the world that want freedom and want to open economies and a handful of totalitarian governments who simply don’t play by the rules of accepted international behavior."