Rubio fires back against ‘Republican Obama’ characterization
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Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioOvernight Defense: Senate passes 0B defense bill | 3,000 US troops heading to Afghanistan | Two more Navy officials fired over ship collisions Senate passes 0B defense bill Trump bets base will stick with him on immigration MORE on Sunday fired back at fellow GOP presidential candidate Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzSenate Dems hold floor talk-a-thon against latest ObamaCare repeal bill Overnight Finance: CBO to release limited analysis of ObamaCare repeal bill | DOJ investigates Equifax stock sales | House weighs tougher rules for banks dealing with North Korea GOP state lawmakers meet to plan possible constitutional convention MORE, who in an ad in Iowa calls the Florida senator the “Republican Obama”

Rubio said on CBS’s “Face the Nation” that he opposes “virtually everything Barack Obama stands for.”

“And what's happened here, it's kind of bizarre,” he said. “Because Ted is leading in a lot of the polls. He has a vast organization here and has spent a lot of money. And his campaign has bragged repeatedly about how well they're going to do here.

Rubio said it is “strange” that Cruz has targeted him in the final days before the first-in-the-nation Iowa caucuses with “disingenuous attacks.”

“They took a video of an interview that I did in 2007 in Florida and clipped it so that my full statement wasn't heard. And it makes it sound like I support cap and trade,” Rubio said.

“And this has already been lampooned and mocked for years because others have tried to do the same thing. So it's kind of a weird and strange last minute desperation attack. I really don't understand why. He's got such a strong organization here in Iowa,” he added.

“But it's all fine. We're going to be okay. We feel good about it.”