Rubio criticizes Obama's "troubling trend of chest-thumping" on Bin Laden

Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla. gestures during a speech at the Latino Coalition annual economic summit, Wednesday, May 23, 2012 in Washington, at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in Washington.
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(CBS News) Marco Rubio called the Obama administration's decision to release details of the raid that killed Osama bin Laden to a movie company "part of a troubling trend of chest thumping" as the Florida senator broadened his recent critique of the president.

In an interview with Bloomberg TV's Al Hunt that will air Friday night, Rubio will argue that the administration's alleged actions - the conservative legal group Judicial Watch has released documents they say show the administration gave film makers Kathryn Bigelow and Mark Boal special access to a person involved in planning the raid that killed the al Qaida leader - could hamper the abilities of the U.S. military.

"I think if you look at some of the things that have found its way onto the screen, not just in the movie, but some of the specials around the anniversary of the Bin Laden raid, I think one has to be concerned that that's going to impact the ability to carry out similar operations in the future," he will say, according to a release from Bloomberg News.

Rubio, who is widely presumed to be on Romney's short list of potential vice presidential candidates, also took up the role of defending his party's presumptive nominee against attacks from the Obama campaign over his work at Bain Capital.

"I think the bigger issue that people are upset about, and certainly that I think I question, is that behind the ads isn't just the performance of Bain Capital, but the insinuation that somehow Mitt Romney is a bad person who doesn't care about the plight of these individuals. And I think that's deeply unfair," Rubio will tell Bloomberg's Hunt.

He was also asked about Romney immigration adviser Kris Kobach, the Kansas secretary of state and author of Arizona's controversial immigration law -- whose harsh anti-immigration sentiments may have hurt Romney's standing with Latino voters. Rubio will say that Kobach "gives voice to a real frustration," but demur from agreeing with all of his opinions.

"I certainly agree with him that we have an illegal immigration problem in America. I think there's differences of opinion in the Republican Party about a bunch of these things," Rubio will say.

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