May 24th, 2012
02:42 PM ET
8 years ago

Video: Rubio calls out Obama as divisive

(CNN) - Republican Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida said in an interview Thursday that President Barack Obama has become more divisive since 2008 and he's the cause of gridlock in Washington.

"This country has major problems. In 2008, irrespective of how you felt about the president's policies, we all hoped he'd be a uniter, he'd unite American politics and allow us to focus on the issues of the day even if we disagreed," Rubio said in an interview with CNN en EspaƱol anchor Juan Carlos Lopez.

"That Obama is long gone," Rubio continued. "The Obama that occupies the presidency is one who made the cold political calculation that the only way he can win is by pitting one groups of Americans against another. Convincing one group that their life isn't doing better because another is doing too well. This constant pitting of one group against another is divisive in a way we haven't seen by a president in modern political history."

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  1. Truth001

    Rubio was a Mormon, Catholic, Protestant, He's now a Republican, he'll probably become a Democrat before long.
    My point is that Rubio doesn't have a clue.

    May 24, 2012 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  2. Joi Gibson

    THis guy is so full of shart he'd make a portapotty jealous.
    You have such a way with words. I love it!! And it is the truth – something Republicans know nothing of.

    May 24, 2012 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  3. Marie MD

    Poor flip flopper. His attack dogs are all liars and so who cares what they say that it's quite pathetic that this anchor baby is one of his voices.
    Beefcake rubio is a fool. He Hispanic community is NOT going to see him as the savior od the sociorobully campaign nor are some od the Cubans going to forget his lies.

    May 24, 2012 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  4. Tom

    Rubio's colleague in the senate, Mitch McConnell, made it quite clear where the divisiveness originated when he stated that every piece of legislation should be looked at with the question, "Will this help or hurt President Obama's re-election chances?". That consideration trumped "Is this legislation good for the country?" in the eyes of McConnell and later, John Boehner. Marco Rubio is lame, a lightweight and he has opened his mouth recently and made voters realize why he should not even be considered as VP. Rubio's selection would be worse than John McCain's choice of Sarah Palin.

    May 24, 2012 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  5. Marie MD

    Maybe his English comprehension is sub par? Has he been paying attention to his teapublikan in confess, including himself! He is part od the problem. What a horse's as@!!!
    Please rubio STFU. Ou are not worthy enough to spit shine Obama's shoes!!!

    May 24, 2012 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  6. Brian, Nj

    The GOP's strategy was/is to say "No" to everything Obama wanted and hope things got worse so they could blame him. So how is Obama devisive in that scenario?

    May 24, 2012 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  7. Attila the Poster

    Who could say with a straight face that Obama is not devisive? Only the emotionally-damaged and mentally fragile leftists who live in a world of unicorns and a belief that life is "fair".

    May 24, 2012 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  8. paul

    Senator Rubio is exactly what has killed the GOP. He is extreme and truly does not know what he is talking about. The GOP wishes they had a man like Obama. But than again, the GOP has nothing to offer but to the rich whom keeps them in power. God help us if Rommney is elected!

    May 24, 2012 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  9. Jack in Florida

    Divisive is Marco's new word of the day. He continues to use this word to describe Obama, when in reality, we know it is the Republican, Party of NO that are the divisive factor in this political atmosphere. They will do anything to ensure that Obama does not succeed, even putting our country in jeopardy. They are a group of racist, white men that dictate the parties platform. It boggles my mind, why blacks, women and gay people would want to be apart of this horrible party!!!

    May 24, 2012 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  10. bill

    uhbama is a disaster.

    May 24, 2012 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  11. WachetAuf

    Jesus Christ was divisive. Still is. They murdered him. What will they do to Mr. Obama? and he isn't even god. Leadership brings enemies. Always has, always will, unless everyone gets tripped out on the coolaid the GOP is selling.

    May 24, 2012 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  12. Malory Archer

    No, A mn. We accuse the reichwing of being racist when they make racist comments such as referring to Democrats as "Steppin' Fetchit", or holding photos of President Obama photoshopped to look like a witchdoctor with a bone through his nose. Those are but two examples that come instantly to mind.

    May 24, 2012 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  13. Core republican Values

    Divisive? What has this worthless little punk been smoking?

    May 24, 2012 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  14. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Did he not pay attention during the Bush administration? That man was much more polarizing than the current president. If you consider that the right wingers came out of the wood work to oppose what ever he did, then I guess that is a polarizing figure.

    May 24, 2012 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  15. Sniffit

    GOP/Teatroll Translator...beep booop bop beep...."geeez, you're supposed to just shut up and do whatever we say...I mean for crying out loud you're only 3/5 of a President anyway."

    May 24, 2012 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  16. Niuhc

    @sonman – spot on.

    May 24, 2012 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  17. Marion

    Rubio spin: "Convincing one group that their life isn't doing better because another is doing too well"

    Convincing the camera that Obama is divisive because he wants the rich to pay their fair share of taxes, in no way implies that Obama is the cause of divisiveness in America, or of gridlock in Washington. The American people are smarter than that......they see loud and clear which party is the divisive and polarizing one and which one is the party of "no", and therefore 'gridlock" in Washington.

    May 24, 2012 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  18. Critical Thinking

    I think Marco Rubio is correct. This President campaign on change, he would be different, well he is different but in a much more negative way. I hope Romney picks Sen. Rubio has his running mate.

    May 24, 2012 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  19. Vote the Tea Party OUT in 2012

    people can only be divided if the WANT to be. Hopefully most Americans aren't as stupid as people like Rubio and Priebus try to make them out to be.

    May 24, 2012 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  20. Maxx

    Rubio lied about why his parents came to this country, who believes a word that comes out of his mouth? Fits in with Romney perfectly.

    May 24, 2012 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  21. Sniffit

    "What has this worthless little punk been smoking?"


    Pronounce that however you want.

    May 24, 2012 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  22. Mr. 1% the "VULTURE CAPITALIST BUSINESSMAN" would outsource the poor, disabled, unemployed and elderly to China and sell America to the highest bidder!

    Can't you just hear little Mario Rubicon(whoever) on the schoolyard, "i'm rubber, your glue, everything you say bounces off me and sticks on you".

    May 24, 2012 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  23. JohnW

    Here's the thing. You can only reach out so far across the aisle. When nobody reaches back, it's not the reacher that's divisive. Rubio has clue zero.

    May 24, 2012 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  24. Caliifornia Conservative

    You democrats/liberals/communists are pathetic parasites AT BEST.

    "I'd feel sorry for demcorats if they weren't so stupid." ~JG

    May 24, 2012 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  25. Enrique

    Marco Rubio clearly isn't as smart as he appears. George W. Bush was just as divisive, if not more, than President Obama. Rubio needs to give it up./

    May 24, 2012 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
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