STORY: Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio tells supporters after the primary vote in New Hampshire that he is disappointed, and that he takes responsibility, citing his bad performance in the debate saying, “It’s on me” not you.
Rubio struggled at a debate on Saturday at the worst possible time, potentially confounding his bid to emerge as Donald Trump’s chief rival in New Hampshire and giving hope to three rivals desperate for a strong showing.
Rubio critics have made much of the fact that his experience is akin to that of much-derided Democratic President Barack Obama, elected in 2008 when a first-term senator.
Rubio’s defense was that his and Obama’s world views are different, not that Obama has simply led the country down the path it is on because of inexperience.
“Let’s dispel with this fiction that Barack Obama doesn’t know what he’s doing. He knows exactly what he’s doing,” Rubio said.
When Rubio repeated the same line again, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie sought to reinforce the charge that Rubio is so inexperienced that he relies on well-worn talking points and cannot think on his feet.
“There it is. There it is. The memorized 25-second speech. There it is, everybody,” Christie said.
On Tuesday night Rubio told supporters, “I want toy to understand something, our disappointment tonight is not on you, it’s on me, it’s on me,” he said. “I did not do well on Saturday night, so listen to this, that will never happen again.”
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