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Marco “Robo” Rubio’s latest glitchy gaffe tops his last

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Time to recharge the batteries?
  • Jake Flanagin
By Jake Flanagin

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Published Last updated This article is more than 2 years old.

Speaking to a crowd in Nashua, New Hampshire, Marco Rubio suffered yet another rhetorical malfunction.

The Florida senator and Republican presidential candidate Rubio deplored the difficulty of raising children with conservative values in the 21st century—not just once, but twice in a row.:

“We are taking our message to families that are struggling to raise their children in the 21st century 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 becoming 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.”
(emphasis added)

The senator’s proclivity for repeating canned lines has been in the spotlight since his disastrous debate performance on Saturday (Feb. 6). This time, Rubio himself seemed to notice the repetition—pausing ever so slightly on the second delivery of “throats”—before proceeding.

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