Rubio Brings Along Not-So-Subtle Jabs at Opponents During Iowa Return

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ANKENY, Iowa--There were a lot of laughs. There wasn't much applause. Florida Senator Marco Rubio, a Republican presidential candidate, sounded a serious tone during his 17 minutes of remarks before nearly 100 people at a hotel ballroom in Ankeny Wednesday morning.

Just 11 hours previously, Rubio shared a debate stage with 8 other Republican opponents in Las Vegas. Rubio didn't call out his opponents by name at his campaign event. But he did try to hint at differences.

"We're going to utterly destroy ISIS...make the sands of the Middle East glow," Rubio said in a mocking tone, an apparent reference to previous tough talk from Texas Senator Ted Cruz. Cruz and Rubio have gone back and forth recently as both ascended in the polls.

"We're going to blow them up," Rubio also said, continuing his point. The Republican's front-runner, Donald Trump, has made a similar comment in the past. Trump has said, "Bomb the **** out of them."

Rubio has called on Congress to restore previous cuts to the military, so that U.S. forces have enough personnel, bombs and equipment to fight terrorism. He has also called on the U.S. to send troops into Syria. 

Rubio didn't spend much time during his speech on immigration. But the non-partisan, truth-checker PolitiFact, found Rubio went too far during the debate trying to rip Cruz's position on the topic. 

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