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Rubio: Obama Thrives on Personal Attacks

Tuesday, 23 Oct 2012 03:28 PM

By Todd Beamon and Kathleen Walter

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President Barack Obama “looked small in comparison” to Mitt Romney in their final debate on Monday, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio told Newsmax TV in an exclusive interview.

“He didn’t look presidential. Time and again a big issue would come up and President Obama pivoted to a personal attack of some sort,” the GOP senator told Newsmax after the debate at Lynn University in Boca Raton, Fla. “I thought that was beneath him and beneath the office that he currently holds and wants to hold on to.”

Watch the exclusive interview here.

Perhaps one of Romney’s shining moments was when he detailed how Obama’s inaction on Iran undermined our relationship with Israel, Rubio said.

“Mitt Romney, in a particularly devastating moment in this debate, pointed out all of the things that president Obama did to encourage Iran to move forward with their nuclear ambitions. Whether it was skipping Israel when he visited the Middle East, whether it was on the speeches he gave throughout the Middle East, whether it was openly saying that he needed to create daylight between Israel and the United States. Time and again, he sent signals to Iran that it was OK to be more aggressive – and I think that makes Israel less safe.”

The former Massachusetts governor also scored well by discussing how a strong economy is crucial to being a world superpower, he said.

“Voters understand that if you want to be a superpower you have to have a superpower economy. If you want to have the superpower military – with superpower influence militarily, politically and diplomatically – you have to have an economy that can afford that, that can sustain that, and that’s not what we’re getting under President Obama.

“We’re getting an economy that’s barely growing and isn’t producing jobs and is growing the national debt. All signs of weakness, all things that set us back in that endeavor.”

Heading into the Nov. 6 election, “all the signs point to a Romney victory,” Rubio said. “I love the momentum on our side. I’d rather be us than them. We have a lot of work to do. We’re not going to let our guard down or take it for granted, but we feel very good about the direction that we’re going in right now.”

And, as for who will win Florida’s 29 electoral votes that night, “Mitt Romney,” Rubio said. “And I’ve said that from the beginning and I’m pretty confident.

“It’s going to be close. Florida will always be close, but we’re going to win.”

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