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Rubio: 'We're not going to fix America with senators and congressmen'



"We're not going to fix America with senators and congressmen."

That was Marco Rubio at a town hall this morning in Iowa.

That sounds wild coming from the first-term Florida senator. But as we've observed, Rubio has calculated that putting distance between himself and Washington is the best bet in the climate that has given rise to Donald Trump and Ben Carson.

A clip was circulated by American Bridge, the Democratic research group. That misses some context and Rubio's full remarks are below.

“First of all my record in the senate is close to ninety percent in my five years there," Rubio said. "I have missed votes this year, you know why? Because while as a Senator, I can help shape the agenda, only a president can set the agenda. We’re not going to fix America with senators and congressmen. The only way to turn this country around is to reverse the damage this president has done to the United States of America. We need a president that understands what it takes. And so yes, I’m out there trying to turn this country around running for president and being with you and in other early states to try to win because this country is at a tipping point."

[Last modified: Tuesday, January 5, 2016 11:28am]


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