Marco Rubio last night told his supporters that his flailing debate performance was to blame for his fifth place finish in the New Hampshire primary. Today he’s singing a somewhat different song to Fox News. Politico reports:
“What happened is obviously Saturday night the debate went the way it went, and then just the media coverage over the last 72 hours was very negative about it and so forth,” Rubio said Wednesday on “Fox & Friends.”
“So the last thing voters heard going into the booth yesterday was, you know, something bad happened Saturday night. And so it made it very difficult for us to get any other message across.”
Rubio was excoriated following Saturday’s debate after Chris Christie called the Florida senator out for his “memorized 25-second speech” — a line Rubio used several times in the debate about how President Barack Obama “knows exactly what he’s doing” and vowed to keep using on the trail despite the harsh criticism.
Rubio finished only 3000 votes behind third place Ted Cruz, but earned no delegates.