Rubio Slams Deal: ‘I Just Couldn’t Vote for It’

by Robert Costa

Senator Marco Rubio of Florida says the Senate’s fiscal-cliff compromise, which passed the upper chamber early Tuesday, was a political mistake.

“I just couldn’t vote for it,” Rubio told reporters. “I ran, just two years ago, on the idea that I wanted to be part of solving the long-term problems this country faces. Time and again, we’re given choices here that don’t involve that.”

“The real fiscal cliff is still there,” he said. “We’ll be back here again. In March, we’ll have a showdown like this all over again.”

The deal, which was cobbled together by Senator Mitch McConnell, the minority leader, and Vice President Joe Biden, was approved by an 89-8 vote.