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Rubio struggles with attacks on authenticity from Christie

Marco Rubio speaks on the floor of the Florida Legislature during his time as Speaker of the House in 2005. (credit: Courtesy of the Florida Legislature via Wikimedia Commons) Marco Rubio speaks on the floor of the Florida Legislature during his time as Speaker of the House in 2005. (credit: Courtesy of the Florida Legislature via Wikimedia Commons)

Chris Christie renounced his candidacy for president following a disappointing finish in New Hampshire. He announced his decision on Facebook saying, “I leave the race without an ounce of regret. I’m so proud of the campaign we ran, the people that ran it with me and all those who gave us their support and confidence along the way.”
A conservative governor in a largely blue state, Christie struggled both with getting funds and gathering enough support to win the Republican nomination. He was attacked by Bush, Rubio, and Kasich on his state’s usage of the Common Core, the Bridgegate scandal, and his past stances on gun control and abortion. According to CNN, Christie’s campaign strategy centered on his survival in the primary rounds, rather than on acquiring the numbers he needed to win.
Tensions between Rubio and Christie began to rise long before the New Hampshire debate. According to inside sources, Christie planned to issue systematic attacks on Rubio during the debates.
Before the New Hampshire primaries, Rubio himself directly attacked Christie by reading a direct quote from Christie’s press release that implied Christie’s support of Barack Obama’s Supreme Court nomination of Sonia Sotomayor.
During the ABC debate in New Hampshire, Christie targeted Rubio’s lack of experience as a first term senator saying, “When you’re president of the United States, when you’re a governor of a state, the memorized 30-second speech where you talk about how great America is at the end of it doesn’t solve one problem for one person.”
Christie’s attack took Rubio by surprise. He struggled to formulate an adequate response and thus repeated the same speech he made a few minutes earlier verbatim.
Christie called him out on repeating memorized lines and highlighted again his lack of experience. Rubio responded by regurgitating the memorized lines for a third time.
Christie was forced to withdraw from the race, but he impacted the results of the New Hampshire primary with his attack on Rubio. Rubio, who also encountered difficulties in the latest debate, is working on a strategy to bounce back from both the attacks and a disappointing fifth place finish in New Hampshire.

Chris Christie renounced his candidacy for president following a disappointing finish in New Hampshire. He announced his decision on Facebook saying, "I leave the race without an ounce of regret. I’m so proud of the campaign we ran, the people that ran it with me and all those who gave us their support and confidence along the way."