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April 8th, 2014
07:00 PM ET

Rubio: 'Erosion of Democratic order' in Venezuela will be major problem for U.S.

(CNN) – The Obama administration is hesitant to play a larger, open role in opposing Venezuela's President Nicolás Maduro's silencing of peaceful protesters, saying forceful engagement would play into Maduro's hands.

"The truth is that you have an erosion of Democratic order in the Western Hemisphere, which is going to be a major problem for our country moving forward," says Sen. Marco Rubio.

"What you have now in Venezuela is an expression of disgust, not just at the mismanagement of the country and of the economy, but at the lack of democratic space and openings. The U.S. has a decision to make: Whose side are we on in that sort of conflict?" Rubio says.

For more of Sen. Marco Rubio's thoughts on Venezuela, check out the video above.

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