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Marco Rubio Slams House For Letting Debt Get 'To That Point Of Crisis'

01/24/2013 04:55 pm ET

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) criticized the recent vote to temporarily suspend the debt ceiling on Wednesday, claiming that the House of Representatives should have taken care of the problem "before it got to that point of crisis."

"You would hope we would deal with it [...] before we become Europe," Rubio said on Fox News' "On The Record". "[...O]r one of these places that's now scrambling to deal with a problem they should have dealt with a long time ago."

Rubio admitted that the blame is shared between Republicans and Democrats, calling the nation's debt "a bipartisan debt."

Rubio also described President Barack Obama's view of the future as being "fundamentally different" from reality.

This is not the first time the Republican senator has openly criticized "reckless" spending in Washington. Earlier this month, Rubio penned an op-ed urging Congress and Obama to accompany any debt limit increase with "real cuts."

"Before we consider raising the debt limit, the American people deserve a real debate about how to ensure we don't have to keep raising it," Rubio wrote. "The mountain of debt we are accumulating is mortgaging our children's future."

And last January, Rubio sent a letter to Obama on the president's "failed leadership," warning that the country was at risk of becoming a "deadbeat nation" -- a line also used by Obama during a press conference earlier this month.

"It's a tragic reality but, on your watch, more and more people have come to believe that America is becoming a deadbeat nation inevitably heading toward a European-style debt crisis," Rubio wrote in the 2012 letter.

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