Senator Marco Rubio (R., Fla.) is just a “little boy,” according to Morning Joe co-host Mika Brzezinski.
Comparing Rubio’s candidacy with Hillary Clinton’s, Brzezinski said that if one were to ”measure up accomplishments, and ability to weather the storm, and ability to have had experience that might apply to this job” Clinton would come out on top. “This is not even a conversation — she eats him for lunch,” she said.
“Maybe this is my ideology, but I’m sorry,” Brzezinski continued as the show broadcast images of both candidates on the screen. “That’s a little boy and that’s an experienced, accomplished women who has been elected to the Senate twice, served as first lady, served as secretary of state.”
Rubio is 43 years old, while Clinton is 67. As has been pointed out elsewhere, on inauguration day in January 2017, Rubio, at 44, would be the third-youngest president at the time of his swearing-in; Hillary Clinton, at 69, would be the second oldest.
#related#Co-host Joe Scarborough countered that it was “laughable” for Brzezinski and panelist Donny Deutsch to make this case for Clinton while criticizing Rubio’s supposed inexperience, given their previous support for then-Senator Barack Obama in 2008.
“Hearing this from two people who worshipped Barack Obama in 2008 is laughable,” he said. “Barack Obama was a joke in 2008 when it came to experience.”
Neither Brzezinski nor Deutsch seemed to grasp Scarborough’s argument as Brzezinski accused him of “deflecting.”
“That’s what I said to Democrats: How could you vote for Barack Obama when you had Hillary Clinton to vote for?” Scarborough continued. “It’s mind-boggling that they made that choice.”
Brzezinski has been protective of Clinton in the few days since her campaign launched over the weekend. On yesterday’s show, she battled with potential Republican presidential hopeful Carly Fiorina over her criticisms of Clinton and asked was if she was “really the right person” to be attacking the former first lady.
— Andrew Johnson is an editorial associate at National Review Online.