Presidential candidate Marco Rubio was self-effacing and took the blame for his loss in the New Hampshire Primary on Tuesday, according to MSNBC. The New Hampshire Primary was the first primary of the 2016 campaign for both political parties just eight days after the Iowa Caucus. In the Iowa Caucus, Ted Cruz won, followed by Donald Trump and then Marco Rubio. Rubio’s third place win in the Iowa Caucus was seen as a “Come back kid” victory, considering how far he had come after being way behind in the polls.
Rubio, who won 11% of the vote in Tuesday’s N.H. primary, came in fifth place after Bush, Cruz, Kasich and Trump. Trump won 34% of the vote, and Kasich, who came in second in N.H., received 16% of the vote. Chris Christie, who graphically pointed out in Saturday’s debate how Rubio repeated himself four times, attained eight percent of the GOP vote. It appears that Christie’s poor performance in Tuesday’s debate will disqualify him from participating in the next GOP debate on the main stage.
Rubio, who is a young senator from Florida, is seen by many as too inexperienced to be on the national stage. He is seen as robotic and stiff on the debate stage, and has attained two uncomplimentary nicknames: “Marco Roboto” and “Robot Rubio.” Rubio’s statement in his defense is: “It’s true!” Rubio was referring to his criticism of Barack Obama and his motivations for his actions, which Rubio repeated four times in Saturday’s debate.
Some of Rubio’s Senate votes, as well as those he missed, have subjected him to scrutiny from his critics. He missed a vote on January 21, 2016 on Senate Joint Resolution 22, which was a bill to protect water from pollution. The bill was debated on the heels of the controversial Flint, Michigan poisoned water disaster which affected thousands of children. Rubio missed a vote on the nomination of Wilhelmina Wright to be a U.S. District Judge. Rubio voted against Senate Amendment 2910 on December 3, 2015, which called for denying firearms and explosives to terrorists. Rubio co-sponsored a bill in support of the Keystone Pipeline on January 6, 2015. He missed the vote on the Department of Defense Appropriations Act on November 5, 2015.
Rubio attributed his loss in the New Hampshire Primary to his poor performance in Saturday’s GOP debate. Rubio promised his audience after the primary defeat that this “will never happen again.” One can be certain that debate practice is on the agenda for the Florida senator. It is uncertain at this time who will trumpet Rubio’s redundancies in the next debate; but one can rest assured that even the slightest redundancy on Rubio’s part will not go unnoticed.