Rubio hits back against Trump on finances
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Sen. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioSenate GOP to drop documentary series days before election hitting China, Democrats over coronavirus Bipartisan group of senators call on Trump to sanction Russia over Navalny poisoning Trump's new interest in water resources — why now? MORE hit back against Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpGiuliani goes off on Fox Business host after she compares him to Christopher Steele Trump looks to shore up support in Nebraska NYT: Trump had 7 million in debt mostly tied to Chicago project forgiven MORE’s criticism of his finances in the presidential race, calling it hypocrisy because of the real estate magnate’s bankruptcy record. 

“I find it ironic that the only person running for president that's ever declared a bankruptcy, four times in the last 25 years, is attacking anyone on finances,” Rubio (R-Fla.) said Thursday in New Hampshire, according to video from ABC News.

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It’s Rubio’s most direct barb at the GOP primary front-runner, who has taken a number of shots at his financial record over the past few weeks. Trump businesses have filed for bankruptcy on four separate occasions; the billionaire businessman has repeatedly defended that record and noted he never filed for personal bankruptcy. 

Trump started the feud with a rash of critiques of both Rubio’s personal spending and his spending while in the Florida legislature, criticism pegged to Rubio’s recent rise at the polls. 

“He is a disaster with his credit cards,” Trump said Tuesday during a press conference about his new book. 

“He has a very bad record of finances, with his houses, he certainly lives above his means, there is no question about that.” 

Rubio has been criticized for facing foreclosure and dipping into a personal retirement account early, but also for his use of a state party charge card while he served as the state House Speaker. 

The Tampa Bay Times noted that Rubio used the charge card for personal expenses and sent about $16,000 as reimbursement for personal expenses. But the paper also noted that two years of the account history has not yet been released; a Rubio strategist told the paper those records will be released soon.