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Rubio fires back at Ryan

Sen. Marco Rubio fired back at Rep. Paul Ryan Friday after the GOP budget guru suggested the Florida senator is opposing the budget deal without having read it.

“I knew full well all the details of the important parts that were in it. In fact they had been leaked days in advance, they had been leaked hours in advance,” Rubio said on CBS.

“There was an understanding in this building, including from among our conferees about what it included, and it had fundamental things we were well aware of,” Rubio said.

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Rubio and a number of other Republican senators have bashed the budget pact that Ryan (R-Wis.) negotiated with Senare Budget Committee Chairwoman Patty Murray (D-Wash.).

Asked Thursday about Rubio's criticism of the deal, Ryan said the senator should “read the deal and get back to me.”

The war of words between Rubio and Ryan is part of a broader split that has emerged in the field of GOP presidential candidates for 2016.

Sens. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and Ted Cruz (R-Texas) have also come out against the agreement, leaving Ryan to defend a deal that has drawn fierce criticism from the right.

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