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Rubio blames himself (and the media) for New Hampshire

Republican presidential candidate Sen. Marco Rubio and his sons Anthony and Dominick walk across the tarmac before departing Manchester-Boston Regional Airport on Wednesday morning. Rubio placed fifth in the New Hampshire primary, behind fellow GOP candidates Jeb Bush, John Kasich, Sen. Ted Cruz and Donald Trump, who swept away the competition with 35 percent of the vote.

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Republican presidential candidate Sen. Marco Rubio and his sons Anthony and Dominick walk across the tarmac before departing Manchester-Boston Regional Airport on Wednesday morning. Rubio placed fifth in the New Hampshire primary, behind fellow GOP candidates Jeb Bush, John Kasich, Sen. Ted Cruz and Donald Trump, who swept away the competition with 35 percent of the vote.

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Marco Rubio hit the TV circuit Wednesday morning and attributed his poor showing to the debate meltdown and the media attention that followed.

"What happened is obviously Saturday night, the debate went the way it went and then the media coverage over the last 72 hours was very negative about it and so forth," he said on Fox & Friends. "So the last thing that voters heard before going into the booth or yesterday was, you know, something bad happened on Saturday night. So it made it very difficult for us to get any other message across."

Rubio initially defended his debate performance but Tuesday night changed course. Asked on the Today show if he should have owned up to it sooner, he demurred, and again referenced media attention.

[Last modified: Wednesday, February 10, 2016 11:20am]

    

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