MANCHESTER, N.H. — Marco Rubio admitted Tuesday that his likely fifth-place finish in New Hampshire was a direct result of his poor performance in this weekend's debate.
"I know many people are disappointed — I'm disappointed with tonight," he said. "But I want you to understand something, our disappointment tonight is not on you. It's on me."
As he spoke, Rubio pointed to himself, as some supporters in the room shouted, "No."
"It's on me. I did not do well on Saturday night, so listen to this: That will never happen again," Rubio promised. "That will never happen again. Let me tell you why it will never happen again — it's not about me, it's not about this campaign. It's about this election. It's about what is at stake in this election."
Rubio then went into his usual speech knocking President Barack Obama for the nation's woes — part of what he was criticized for in the first place.
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