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Rubio, Christie clash on gun control, Planned Parenthood

Rubio, Christie clash on gun control, Planned Parenthood

By Harper Neidig and Bradford Richardson for The Hill

Sen. Marco Rubio (Fla.) and Gov. Chris Christie (N.J.) sparred at Thursday's Republican presidential debate over gun control and Planned Parenthood.

“I like Chris Christie, but we cannot afford to have a president of the United States that supports Common Core, we cannot afford to have a president of the United States that supports gun control,” Rubio said at the event hosted by Fox Business Network, defending ads that claim Christie backs liberal politics.

He also charged that Christie "wrote a check to Planned Parenthood."

"I’m saying ... our next president has to be someone that undoes the damage that Barack Obama has done to this country. It cannot be someone that agrees with his agenda, because the damage he has done to America is extraordinary," Rubio said.

“Unfortunately, Gov. Christie has endorsed many of the ideas Barack Obama supports, whether it’s Common Core, or gun control, or the appointment of [Supreme Court Justice] Sonya Sotomayor, or the donation he made to Planned Parenthood."

“Our next president and our Republican nominee cannot be someone who supports those positions," he added.

Christie said his conservative record as governor speaks for itself and denied that he supported Common Core education standards, gun control or donated to Planned Parenthood.

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