Sunday, February 7, 2016

Rubio and Christie - Scripted Debate

Based on his debate performance yesterday night, a concerted effort is being made to deem Rubio as unfit to be president.

From the Palm Beach Post:

Marco Rubio came prepared Saturday night to be attacked by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush as a do-nothing senator with no executive experience.

But was he too prepared?

Rubio, accused by Christie of being overly scripted, offered the same polished riff on President Barack Obama four times during a brief exchange near the beginning of the GOP presidential debate at Saint Anselm College.

Christie’s camp crowed that the encounter showed Rubio to be a robotic politician, while the Rubio camp said it merely demonstrated Rubio’s discipline in taking the fight to Democrats.

...When Rubio got the inevitable question about his experience, he rattled off a list of his accomplishments. Then he pivoted to an attack on Obama, whose thin Senate resume is often used by Republican critics to argue against making first-term Sen. Rubio the Republican nominee.

Rubio said the problem with Obama isn’t his inexperience, but his ideas.

“Let’s dispel once and for all with this fiction that Barack Obama doesn’t know what he’s doing. He knows exactly what he’s doing. Barack Obama is undertaking a systematic effort to change this country, to make America more like the rest of the world,” Rubio said.

Christie countered that unlike a governor, Rubio has never been “involved in a consequential decision where you had to be held accountable. You just simply haven’t.”

Rubio responded by attacking Christie’s fiscal record in New Jersey, then zeroing in again on Obama, in nearly identical language.

“Let’s dispel with this fiction that Barack Obama doesn’t know what he’s doing. He knows exactly what he’s doing. He is trying to change this country,” Rubio said.

Christie pointed to Rubio’s response as “what Washington, D.C. does — 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.”

Watch the video.

Rubio did go back to his line about Obama knowing what he's doing, but Christie's claim that he's incompetent for allegedly relying on a "memorized 25-second speech" is silly.

Rubio hit back at Christie's record, citing different examples. He didn't just spew a "memorized 25-second speech." I didn't see Rubio's responses as inappropriate or robotic.

If anything, CHRISTIE was the scripted one. He was determined to hit Rubio using the inexperienced angle, prepared with that "25-second" line.

Kind of funny that Christie kept pounding Rubio for delivering lines when Christie relied on prepared lines of his own.

Listen to all the candidates, both the Republicans and the Democrats/Socialists.

They all have their rote responses.

It doesn't bother me if a candidate repeats himself. I care about what he or she is actually saying.

I hope New Hampshire voters have the good sense to not be swayed by the spin.

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