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Marco Rubio Draws 'Line in the Sand' Over Defunding Obamacare: 'This Is It


"If you’re willing to fund this thing, you can’t possibly say you’re against it."

Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., speaks at the Faith and Freedom Coalition Road to Majority Conference in Washington, Thursday, June 13, 2013. Credit: AP

Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., attends a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on the nomination of Victoria Nuland to be assistant secretary of State for European and Eurasian affairs, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, July 11, 2013. Credit: AP

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) is taking a hard stance in the fight to defund President Barack Obama's landmark health care law. In fact, he says he is willing to fight to the bitter end to derail "Obamacare," regardless of the consequences.

"There has to be some issue at which we say, 'look, this is the issue where we draw the line'," Rubio said on Mark Levin's radio show Monday. "I mean, we understand about all the other things but there’s an issue where you’ve got to draw a line in the sand and say, this is it. I mean, on this issue we’re willing to fight no matter what the consequences, politically or otherwise."

"If that issue is not Obamacare, I can’t understand what issue it would be," he added. "And that's the point I tried to make. Of all the issues out there, if there was one issue that, I think, we should be willing to go to the limit on, this is it."

Watch a portion of the interview via MofoPolitics.com:

Rubio later clarified that he isn't necessarily attacking anyone personally, though he seemingly called out lawmakers who say they are against Obamacare, yet are still willing to fund the unpopular program.

"Look, I’m not attacking anyone directly," the Florida Republican said. "All I’m saying is that you cannot say you are against Obamacare if you are willing to vote for a law that funds it. If you’re willing to fund this thing, you can’t possibly say you’re against it."

Several Republicans have lashed out at Tea Party lawmakers like Sens. Rubio, Mike Lee (R-Utah), Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Rand Paul (R-Ky.) over the effort to strip Obamacare of federal dollars.

As previously reported by TheBlaze, Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.) called the effort to defund Obamacare the "dumbest idea" he'd ever heard.

Meanwhile, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) warned the GOP that the American people don’t want to see another debt ceiling fight and government shutdown “shenanigans" and Rep. Tom Cole (R-Okla.) likened the effort to a “temper tantrum.”


(H/T: The Right Scoop)

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