The Republican debate before New Hampshire primaries revealed a few things. While Iowa caucuses showed Marco Rubio was not far behind, he might like to forget the Saturday debate.
Rubio surprised a lot of people with his performance at the Iowa caucuses. He was only one percent behind Donald Trump, who had been considered to be the Republican front-runner to win the nomination.
It was unclear if Rubio was under-prepared or over-rehearsed. It was expected that he would be targeted, but his performance against the attack was lacklustre.
“When you’re president of the United States, when you’re a governor of a state, the memorized 30-second speech where you talk about how great America is at the end of it doesn’t solve one problem for one person,” CNN quoted New Jersey Governor Chris Christie as telling Rubio he was “all words no action.”
This was not the only time Christie attacked Rubio. Christie reminded the Florida senator about his lack of experience. According to Christie, Rubio “simply does not have the experience to be president of the United States.” Christie also reminded Rubio that he had taken 36 hours to show up in his state after the East Coast blizzard.
Rubio was booed by the public for his repeated reference to US President Barack Obama. While he was widely criticised for having been “scripted” during the debate, his repeated reference to the Democratic president sounded like a “broken record.” Christie slammed Rubio for being too inexperienced to divert from his “scripted” responses.
The Florida senator said in his concluding speech that New Hampshire would literally decide what kind of country the United States would be like.
“You vote for me and we’ll defeat Hillary Clinton,” he said. “We’ll leave our children what our parents left us: the single greatest nation in the history of all mankind.”