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John Kasich says GOP has 'amnesia' in elevating Marco Rubio



John Kasich suggested Sunday that the GOP has “amnesia” in elevating first-term Sen. Marco Rubio.

“Republicans have run around for seven years saying this: 'I can't believe we picked a one-term United States senator who has no experience to be president.' I just sometimes wonder whether the party's got amnesia," Kasich said on NBC News’ Meet the Press.

Kasich sits in fifth place in New Hampshire, according to the Real Clear Politics Average. Rubio is second behind Donald Trump, who has a wide lead. Ted Cruz is just behind Rubio and followed by Chris Christie.

Rubio, 44 years old, currently sits in third in Iowa and South Carolina, making him a viable choice if Republicans decide to rally around his broader appeal.

Kasich’s Obama comparison is nothing new and it has come up on the campaign trail recently. Rubio has taken a new approach, effectively offering he’d get things done like Obama, only from a conservative perspective.

“A liberal Democrat would say Barack Obama has been a pretty influential president,” Rubio said in Franklin, N.H., last month. “He got Dodd-Frank, the stimulus, the deal with Iran. All these things that they were able to get done, they’d look at it and say, ‘This guy’s been pretty consequential.’ ”

[Last modified: Sunday, January 3, 2016 8:14pm]


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