Rubio: Romney Endorsement Was Prompted By Obama’s Open Mic

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) on Thursday elaborated on his endorsement of Mitt Romney, citing President Barack Obama’s recent “open mic” moment as the impetus for his public support of the former Massachusetts governor and Republican presidential frontrunner.

“It’s been weighing on my mind all week,” Rubio told The Daily Caller.  “I’ve never thought about this as a political calculation.  I’m just sitting back here and watching a president that just got back from overseas — where he told the Russian president to work with him and give him space so he can be more flexible if he gets re-elected.”


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