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Obama rips Marco Rubio in Miami (w/video)

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President Obama repeatedly blasted Marco Rubio during a campaign stop in Miami this afternoon, saying he doesn't show up to work, believe in the science of climate change and supports Donald Trump despite calling him a "con artist" and "dangerous."

"I'm even more confused by Republican politicians who still support Donald Trump," Obama said. "Marco Rubio is one of those people. How does that work? How can you call him a con artist and dangerous and object to all the controversial things he says and then say, 'But I'm still gonna vote for him?' C'mon, man!"

"C'mon, man," he repeated.

"You know what that is? It is the height of cynicism. That's the sign of somebody who will say anything, do anything, pretend to be anybody, just to get elected. And you know what? If you're willing to be anybody just to be somebody, then you don't have the leadership that Florida needs in the U.S. Senate. ... That's why you've got to vote for Patrick Murphy. That's why you've got to vote for Hillary Clinton."

Obama said Rubio walked away from the Hispanic community by dropping support for the comprehensive immigration bill he helped author. And he scoffed at Rubio's stance on climate change, noting the effects already seen in Miami.

"If you see the ocean coming up through the streets how can you deny what is right in front of you?" Obama asked. "I thought he was from Miami."

Unlike Rubio, he said, Murphy will do the work as a senator, Obama said. Former Sen. Obama overlooked his own poor voting record while he ran for president.

That wasn't all. Obama turned to Trump's unfounded accusations of a "rigged" election. "Even Marco Rubio says there's no rigging of the vote," Obama said, while still jabbing Rubio for sticking by Trump.

Rubio spokeswoman Olivia Perez-Cubas: "Patrick Murphy has accomplished nothing during his four years in Congress -- even the President couldn't think of anything nice to say about him."

President Barack Obama speaks at a campaign event for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton at Florida Memorial University on Thursday in Miami Gardens.

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President Barack Obama speaks at a campaign event for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton at Florida Memorial University on Thursday in Miami Gardens.

[Last modified: Thursday, October 20, 2016 6:07pm]

    

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