presidential candidate Marco Rubio says Democratic hopeful Bernie
Sanders' political leanings belong in another country.
Bernie Sanders is a great candidate for president — of Norway," Rubio
said Saturday at the New Hampshire GOP's First In The Nation
presidential town hall in Nashua.
"I don’t want to be called Norwegian , I have nothing against Norway. We have a really good candidate for you: Bernie Sanders.”The
Florida senator's barb comes just weeks before the first votes are cast
in Iowa and New Hampshire, as Sanders closes his gap with Democratic
front-runner Hillary Clinton in Iowa and continues to gain strength in
Republican candidates have mostly focused on
bashing Clinton on the stump, almost ignoring Sanders, but he's drawn
increased attention from the GOP as he rises in the early states.
Rubio did not hold his fire on Clinton, repeating his belief that
Clinton is "disqualified' thanks to her use of a private email server
and that she "lied" to the families of the victims of the 2012 Benghazi
terrorist attack, a line that's become one of his favorite from the
And he framed the Democrats in general as the cause of the "overtaxation problem in America."
"Their solution to everything is taxes. Concussions in football? Let's put a tax on it," he joked.
"You want to know why businesses are leaving America? We have one of the most tax-crazy environments in the world."
also contrasted himself with other Republican candidates. Ted Cruz was
the main target of that criticism, as Rubio implicitly swiped at his
support of a Value Added Tax and accusations that he supports cuts in
"The most important thing the federal
government does is supposed to keep us safe. The world is a dangerous
place ... [but] in the face of this growing danger, they are gutting our
military," Rubio said of the Obama administration, before pivoting
towards unnamed GOP rivals.
"I find it unacceptable that people running as Republicans who have voted to spend even less."
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