Marco Rubio: Democratic Debate Was All About 'Free Stuff'

| by Meg O'Connor
Sen. Marco RubioSen. Marco Rubio

Republican presidential candidate Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida said the first Democratic presidential debate was all about giving away "free stuff," during his Oct. 14 appearance on "Fox and Friends."

"It looked like something from the early '80s," Rubio said. "It was basically a liberal versus liberal debate about who was going to give away the most free stuff. Free college education, free college education for people illegally in this country, free healthcare, free everything." 

He added: "Their answer to every problem in America is a government program and a tax increase. That's all they prescribe, time and time again." 

It is typical of Republicans to criticize Democrats for being supportive of social programs that would help Americans who struggle to afford services that are considered basic rights in a number of other developed countries around the world, such as health care and college education.

Republicans instead argue that support for such programs create a dependence on the government, one that the GOP claims Democrats exploit to get ahead in the polls.

The Hill reports that another Republican presidential candidate, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, had to defend himself in September after using the phrase "free stuff" when speaking about black voters.

Rubio told "Fox and Friends" the debate played out much as he expected it to, with candidates like former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton attempting to appear more to the left of self-described democratic socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont.

The first Democratic presidential debate of the six planned was hosted by CNN and Facebook in Las Vegas, and gave Republican candidates the chance to fire some shots outside their own inner-party squabbles and take aim at the Democrats. 

Real estate mogul and Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump mostly used the opportunity to tweet about himself. "Sorry there is no STAR on the stage tonight," Trump tweeted after retweeting remarks from followers saying the were looking forward to Trump's "insightful and intelligent tweets." 

Sources: The Hill, CNN / Photo credit: Zennie Abraham/Flickr, Gage Skidmore/Flickr