Senator Rubio Visits Guantanamo Bay Naval Station

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WASHINGTON – APRIL 25: Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) gives an address on American foreign policy at the Brookings Institution on April 25, 2012 in Washington, DC. Rubio is widely considered to be a possible running mate for Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney. (Photo by Brendan Hoffman/Getty Images)

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MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Florida Senator Marco Rubio spent Tuesday traveling to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba where he toured the U.S. Naval Station and learn more about the facility and its role in the detention of “enemy combatants.”

The trip raised the eyebrows of some political pundits who believe Rubio is taking the trip to help enhance his foreign policy chops ahead of a potential selection as Republican Mitt Romney’s running mate.

Upon returning to Miami International Airport, Rubio again denied any interest in running for the vice-presidency, but has vowed to do whatever is needed to help the party.

“I’ve only been in the Senate for a year and a half and there are a lot of things I still need to do in order to be able to be up to speed with some of my colleagues that I serve with,” said Rubio.

Rubio has also scheduled a book tour across several swing states later in the year.

Rubio’s staff said toured the Expeditionary Legal Complex where military tribunals of detainees recently started. The junior Florida senator also saw the Joint Task Force headquarters at GITMO where he received an intelligence overview.

Rubio wrapped up his tour of Gitmo by visiting Camp VI, which is the building where detainees are held.

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