Marco Rubio, propelled by expectations defying third place finish in Iowa, was soaring high into New Hampshire.
Polls had him gaining supporters by the day, so much so that the hashtag #MarcoMentum become a trending topic on social media and throughout the news. Already, people were claiming the primary a three man race.
Well, the voters weren't only ones who noticed. As Marco confidently moved his sights to the Granite State, the remaining candidates in the race were plotting the downfall of Marco Rubio. At the final debate before the New Hampshire Primary, one of them very well may have succeeded.
Marco has, in nearly every debate so far, entered the arena with a specific narrative from which he rarely deviated. They've ranged from his idea of a “New American Century” to his family's meager beginnings as Cuban immigrants, but regardless of the topic, they've always been very precise, and likely very scripted.
Languishing near the bottom of the polls in New Hampshire, Chris Christie sensed an opportunity to rattle Marco Rubio, and boy did it work.
Referencing his inability to go off script, Chris Christie made sure everyone watching was aware of how insecure Marco was when he wasn't prepared. The moment Christie identified Marco's “line of the night,” he interrupted by saying, “There it is! the 25 second memorized speech” with which Marco answered every question.
In response, Marco repeated his line again… and again.
See the uncomfortable exchange on the next page: