Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioHouse passes bills to secure telecommunications infrastructure Senators call for answers from US firm over reported use of forced Uyghur labor in China Republicans would need a promotion to be 'paper tigers' MORE repeated the same line within a span of 30 seconds during a New Hampshire rally on Monday just days after his rivals needled him as too scripted.
"We are taking our message to families who are struggling to raise their children in the 21st century, because as you saw, Janette and I are raising our children in the 21st century. And we know how hard it has become to instill our values in our kids instead of the values they try to ram down our throats," Rubio said at the rally.
"In the 21st century, it has become harder than ever to instill in your children the values they teach in our homes and in our church, instead of the values they try to ram down our throats in the movies, in music and popular culture."
Rubio paused after the second time he said the word "throats," hesitating for a moment before finishing the line. It's unclear whether he hesitated because he realized he was repeating himself or wanted to clarify his initial point.
The line is being roundly criticized on social media and prompted a post from The New York Times linking to video of the comment.
The repetition on the stump comes after Chris Christie skewered Rubio for repeating seemingly scripted lines during Saturday's debate. That slip dominated the post-debate analysis by pundits and his rival candidates, threatening to knock Rubio down a peg before Tuesday's New Hampshire primary.
Rubio has blasted the media for "pouncing" on his repetition, fundraising off of the media coverage surrounding the Saturday night flub and vowing not to change.
"I don't care how much it outrages the media, I'm going to keep saying it," the fundraising email said, in reference to his comments Saturday criticizing President Obama.