Rangel on Rubio: ‘I think most people were embarrassed’
Rep. Charlie Rangel hasn't heard good things about Marco Rubio's rebuttal to the State of the Union.
"I think most people were embarrassed by his performance," Rangel told Juan Williams on Fox News Latino. "He didn't live up to the expectations that Republicanss had. And while I didn't see it, the most I heard about it was he tried to get a drink of water off-camera and he missed that opportunity."
Rubio's rushed gulp of water has overshadowed his remarks, which accused President Obama of putting too much faith in government's ability to solve problems, while acknowledging that some social programs had helped his family.
"It seems as though people who drink from the well should not come back and poison the well," said Rangel. "America has been very good to Senator Rubio and his family. As a mater of fact, he was indicating that without these programs he never could have succeeded in school....He didn't come across, from the excerpts I've seen, as being too sincere."
Rangel, who represents an increasingly Hispanic district, said he didn't think Rubio alone would be able to bring Latino voters into the Republican fold.
And he pointed to the multiples responses from Republicans, which also included a Tea Party rebuttal delivered by Sen. Rand Paul, as evidence of the party's dysfunction.
"When you take a look at how they had to split up the response to the President of the United States, you would know that Republicans have a long way to go in bringing their party together," he said.