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Marco Rubio won't commit to join tea party caucus



WASHINGTON — A tea party caucus of U.S. senators convenes Thursday for the first time, but one of the movement's biggest stars doesn't plan to be there.

The meeting — at least for now — is not on Florida Sen. Marco Rubio's schedule, said spokesman Alex Burgos, who pointed out that the freshman senator had yet to make up his mind about joining any caucus.

"He's proud of his relationship with the tea party movement," Burgos said. "He shares with the movement a commitment to tackling debt, defending the free enterprise system and restoring our limited government tradition. It's the same case with other causes that have been brought to our attention; he hasn't made any decision one way or the other." (read Lesley Clark's story here, also an earlier look at how Rubio straddled the GOP/tea party on the campaign trail.)


[Last modified: Monday, January 24, 2011 12:55pm]


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