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MSNBC host blows up over Rubio comments about 'weakened' America



MSNBC's Ed Schultz unleashed a self-styled "epic rant" on Sen. Marco Rubio last night, suggesting the Florida Republican is a hypocrite over his stance on Medicare and Social Security, and shameless for using liberal criticism to raise money for his PAC.

"This is the golden boy of the Republican Party," Schultz vents, challenging Rubio to come on his show and answer "what you really mean when you say that we as Americans have been 'weakened' by something that has clearly benefited our society and allowed people to live their later years in dignity."

This is the second time in about a week that Schultz has gone after Rubio for his Reagan Library speech. The first rant led to the PAC solicitation, and a fact check by PolitiFact Florida. Rubio has said he wants to change entitlements, to shore up the nation's finances, but directs the proposals toward younger generations such as himself.

Rubio's spokesman Alex Burgos declined an invite to appear on the show, according to an e-mail shown on the program.

[Last modified: Friday, September 2, 2011 1:59pm]


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