Election 2016

Marco Rubio Said He Wants to Have a Beer With Malala, an Underage Muslim

What's next, a ham sandwich with Netanyahu?

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Today, presidential contender Marco Rubio fielded questions at St. Anselm College in New Hampshire. One of the questions he was asked was who he would like to “have a beer with" out of anyone in the world who is not a politician.

Rubio replied he would like to have a beer with football legend Dan Marino, Russian chess prodigy Gary Kasparov and Malala Yousafzai.

The first two are acceptable answers. The third is odd, considering that Malala, the famed Pakistani girls' education activist, is both underage and Muslim. She is also a socialist, something Rubio probably doesn't approve of.

If Rubio is vying to be the president of the United States, he should probably try to avoid these sort of diplomatic faux pas, before he starts asking for a ham sandwich with Benjamin Netanyahu.

Zaid Jilani is an AlterNet staff writer. Follow @zaidjilani on Twitter.

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