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Marco Rubio: partisan attack dog and bipartisan champion

On Saturday, Sen. Marco Rubio delivered a blistering speech before a Republican group in South Carolina. Of President Obama he said, “We have not seen such a divisive figure in modern American history as we have over the last three and a half years."

“The president and his party’s view of America’s government and our lives is a failed one," the Florida Republican said. "It hasn’t worked. His ideas that sounded so good in the classrooms of Harvard and Yale haven’t really worked out well in the real world." (video in the jump)

Today, at the U.S. Capitol, Rubio stood with a fellow Republican, Sen. Jerry Moran, and two Democrats, Sens. Mark Warner and Chris Coons, to push for the Startup Act 2.0. "As Americans are looking anxiously as our economic present and more importantly at our economic future, they are also look at our broken political process and what they hear is a lot of arguing and bickering," Rubio said. "Even in an election year, even with the big issues that we disagree on, there are things we agree on and we are still able to do the things we agree on and not simply hold them captive to election-year politics."

Later, senators were asked if their goals would hold up to reality. "There are plenty of things for Republicans and Democrats to debate about," Rubio said. "That's why we have elections. And sometimes it seems like why we have Congress. And I think that process is going to continue. But I think on the things we agree on, we should do it."

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 22, 2012 2:01pm]


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