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Marco Rubio Again Short-Circuits, Repeats Script During Campaign Event

The media narrative just before and after the Iowa caucus was that Marcomentum had arrived. Now it appears that Marcomeltdown is in full swing.

At a campaign event on the eve of the New Hampshire primary, Rubio repeated himself almost verbatim when discussing values. Watch below:

Transcript:

“Because as you saw, Jeanette and I are raising our four children in the 21st century and we know how hard it’s become to instill our values in our kids instead of the values they try to ram down our throats. In the 21st century it’s become harder than ever to instill in your children the values they teach in our homes and in our church instead of the values that they try to ram down our throats in the movies, in music, in popular culture.”

Of course, this is relevant because during the last debate, Rubio repeated his speech on Barack Obama’s intentions several times without recognizing that he was doing so, even after Chris Christie called him out on it.

And in December, while trying to earn the endorsement of the Conway Daily Sun, reporter Erik Eisele had this to say about Rubio’s performance:

“We had roughly 20 minutes with him [Rubio] on Monday, and in that time, he talked about ISIS, the economy, his political record and his background. But it was like watching a computer algorithm designed to cover talking points. He said a lot but at the same time said nothing. It was like someone wound him up, pointed him toward the doors and pushed “play.” If there was a human side to the senator, a soul, it didn’t come across.”

This continued pattern of rehearsed repetitiveness is already hurting Rubio, and it should. There’s nothing wrong with being prepared, but politicians need to talk to people, not tell them what they were told to say. Genuineness and frankness are qualities the voters appreciate, maybe moreso in this election than ever before.