Marco Rubio may not know exactly what he is doing.
Rubio has been under heavy criticism for repeating a short speech about Obama three times in about three minutes during Saturday night’s debate.
“Let’s dispel with this fiction that Barack Obama doesn’t know what he’s doing. He knows exactly what he’s doing,” he said, with slight variations, again and again.
Monday night in New Hampshire, he had a similar glitch. This time he was talking about child rearing in the 21st century.
Janette 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.
Then, immediately afterwards:
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.
This incident, along with Rubio’s performance in the debate, has heightened concerns among Republican primary voters that he is too programmed and untested to be a successful presidential candidate.
These gaffes, if polls are to be believed, appear to have given voters more pause than his actual policy positions, like his opposition to abortion rights even in cases of rape, which are frequently to the right of mainstream Republicans.