Speech Automaton Marco Rubio Short-Circuits On Stage At GOP Debate

To be fair to the guy, Rubio was just trying to get his message across, but it didn't turn out so well for him.

The latest Republican Debate wasn’t Marco Rubio’s time to rise and shine.

The inevitable moment, expected and dreaded by many, finally came when the presidential candidate and Iowa caucus runner-up went on the fritz on the stage.

It began when Chris Christie thrashed Rubio for his scripted speeches. In a veiled shot at Rubio, and undisguised praise for himself, Christie said, "Every morning when a United States senator wakes up, they think about, 'What kind of speech can I give, or what kind of bill can I drop?' Every morning, when I wake up, I think about, what kind of problem do I need to solve for the people who actually elected me. It's a different experience."

Faced with an influx of opinions, most of which were not favorable, something in Rubio snapped. He resorted to an apparent defense mechanism, repeating the same obsolete point.

8:30 p.m.: "And let's dispel once and for all with this fiction that Barack Obama doesn't know what he's doing. He knows exactly what he's doing."

8:32 p.m.: "Let's dispel with this fiction that Barack Obama doesn't know what he's doing. He knows exactly what he's doing."

8:34 p.m.: "This notion that Barack Obama doesn't know what he's doing is just not true. He knows exactly what he's doing."

9:21 p.m.: "I think anyone who believes that Barack Obama isn't doing what he's doing on purpose doesn't understand what we're dealing with here. OK?"

Rubio’s now infamous short-circuit, as it has been described on social media, even inspired a Twitter account.





Apart from affirming our hunch that Rubio is a campaigning robot programmed by his handlers to repeat the same point, the Republican debate also helped us rate how sadistic each Republican candidate was.


Stretching the definition of torture to a breaking point was Ted Cruz, who said that waterboarding, a torture process introduced by George Bush that stimulates drowning, was NOT torture. But obviously, he would not advocate a widespread use of it. Just a teeny bit.

Trump, however, was realistic enough to admit that waterboarding was torture. He followed this up by saying that if made president, he would “bring back a hell of a lot worse.”

It was ironically only Jeb Bush, brother of George W. Bush, who was against waterboarding.

So there you have it:


Banner and thumbnail credit: Reuters, Carlo Allegri

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