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Sen. Marco Rubio positions himself as no-compromise budget warrior



WASHINGTON — Sen. Marco Rubio didn't wait for the bipartisan budget accord to drop before calling it a failure, on Sean Hannity's radio show.

When the deal — approved 332-94 Thursday by the House — was announced this week, the Florida Republican instantly issued a strongly worded statement then continued the offensive on Mike Huckabee's radio show and Fox News.

Rubio has a new favorite cause, putting him at odds with Rep. Paul Ryan and other Republicans keen to move beyond budget cliffhangers, show the public they can get things done and break the growing stronghold of outside groups such as Heritage Action.

"Here's the problem: It raises it by $60 billion, the spending, but it pays it over 10 years," Rubio told Megyn Kelly of Fox News on Wednesday. "Well, you know how that works. Over the next couple years they'll forget it, and they will keep borrowing more. The fundamental problem that we have here is that we have a government that continues to spend more money than it takes in."

Rubio has consistently talked about dealing with long-term budget and debt issues. He's also voted against virtually every spending bill. But his aggressive positioning this week — his media appearances are widely publicized by his press office — reveals political calculations.

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[Last modified: Friday, December 13, 2013 11:53am]


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