Marco Rubio’s Struggle To Be More Than A Talking Point Machine
His debate performance gave even his supporters pause.
02/07/2016 11:46 pm ET | Updated 1 hour ago
New London resident Paul Licari — who said he was deciding among Kasich, Rubio and Christie — described the exchange this way: “Christie was on it.”
Even Rubio’s strongest allies were a little taken aback by the Florida senator resorting to the same canned line criticizing President Barack Obama after Christie called him on doing just that.
Eddie Foye of Hookset told HuffPost he has been impressed with Rubio since the first time he heard him speak as a senator, and he’s been a Rubio supporter from early in the presidential race. And even though Foye came away from the debate exchange disliking Christie more, he admitted he was surprised at how poorly Rubio had handled the situation.
“Marco was a little unprepared for his answers,” he said.
Al Nunes of Wilmot, who said he was a Rubio supporter “more or less,” called the Christie-Rubio exchange interesting.
“It was fair,” Nunes said. “The way I look at it is, if you can’t — I mean, you got to get through these debates, you got to get through the process.”
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And Rubio didn’t do himself any favors.
The moderators were ready to move on, but Christie wasn’t having it.
“You see, everybody, I want the people at home to think about this. That’s what Washington, D.C., does,” Christie said. “The drive-by shot at the beginning with incorrect and incomplete information, and then the memorized 25-second speech that is exactly what his advisers gave him.”
The crowd went nuts.