Rubio is so programmed that he came right back this morning and repeated his mistake. I would assume his programmers told him the only way out was to double down but it didn't help him at all. I'm not sure what would have though. This was an epic, campaign stalling gaffe.
Florida Sen. Marco Rubio defended repeating an attack he made against President Obama during Saturday's Republican presidential debate, in which he said on four separate occasions that he wanted to dispel the notion the president doesn't know what he's doing.
“It's what I believe and it's what I'm going to continue to say, because it happens to be one of the main reasons why I am running,” Rubio said in an exclusive interview on ABC's "This Week With George Stephanopoulos” the morning after the debate.
Shown a video of his repeated remarks produced by the Clinton super PAC "Correct the Record," Rubio said he “would pay them to keep running that clip."
“That’s what I believe passionately,” he said. “It's one of the reasons why I'm not running for re-election to the Senate and I'm running for president. This notion and this idea that somehow all this is an accident -- Obamacare was not an accident, Dodd Frank was not an accident, the deal with Iran was not an accident.”
Rubio added his campaign raised more money in the first hour of the debate than he has at previous debates.
He can try to say that he meant to emphasize "what he believes passionately" but nobody will believe him. It was weird. Really weird.