Marco Rubio Didn't Hug Obama, But He Would Have Taken His Stimulus Money

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The most effective and frequent bit in Marco Rubio's Senate campaign ads: that picture of Republican rival Charlie Crist embracing Barack Obama at a rally for the president's stimulus plan. 

Of course, every Republican governor ended up accepting money from the stimulus plan, including more colorful and conservative characters such as Rick Perry, Sarah Palin, and Bobby Jindal. 

So, would Rubio have taken stim funds? Well, duh. He just wouldn't have hugged Obama. As he tells the NBC station in Tampa Bay (via The Buzz): "Ultimately, I would have accepted those portions of the money that would not have put Florida in a worse position off in the future than it is right now." 

Wait, what does that even mean? 

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