New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie accused the Marco Rubio campaign of a swing and a miss when confronted Monday night with clips of himself repeating the same line over and over at campaign stops.
In the clips, Christie touts "the difference between being a governor and being in the legislature" or "being a senator."
"Really interesting to try to make that comparison, but I didn't say them four times in a row in one debate
in a way that was completely nonresponsive to the question like I was drowning and grabbing for a life preserver," Christie said Monday on Fox News Channel's "The Kelly File."
"So, yeah, it's a good try by the Rubio campaign but not quite."
But host Megyn Kelly said the clips were compiled by her own staff, and there was no coordination with the Rubio campaign.
"It was the Rubio campaign who did it and pushed it out to other media sources," Christie insisted.
"No, for the record, we did not have contact … just to make it clear, that was our idea," Kelly said.
"Yeah, of course," Christie said, not sounding convinced.
Kelly said that most candidates say the same things over and over in stump speeches.
"You can't come up with a new bit on every point," Kelly said, and Rubio's line on President Barack Obama "knowing exactly what he's doing" and trying to dramatically change the country is the line he uses when he gets attacked on whether a first-term senator should be elected president.
Rubio, appearing on "The Kelly File" just ahead of Christie, admitted it's possible he made the same statement almost word-for-word four times in row because he had said it so many times on the campaign stump.
"We're going to continue to say this," he said. "It's a core part of our message."
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