Chris Christie says if "inexperienced" Marco Rubio is the Republican nominee, Hillary Clinton will "pat him on the head and then cut his heart out."
Conservative Solutions, the super PAC supporting Rubio, is airing attack ads on Christie in New Hampshire, where the New Jersey governor has devoted most of his time and energy with the hope that a win there will solidify his candidacy.
"This isn't my first rodeo and if Marco Rubio thinks by putting out a couple of negative ads on me that somehow he's going to intimidate me, it just shows how inexperienced he is, and how unprepared he is to be our candidate against someone like Hillary Clinton," the New Jersey governor and Republican presidential candidate told radio host Laura Ingraham on her program Wednesday. "You want someone on that stage against Hillary Clinton who has been through the wars."
"Not somebody who is a first time United States senator, who has never had a tough race in his life," Christie continued. Rubio was elected to the Senate from Florida in 2010 after beating early-favorite Charlie Crist in Republican primary
"This guy has been spoon fed every victory he's ever had in his life. That's the kind of person that we want to put on the stage against Hillary Clinton? I don't think so, she'll pat him on the head and then cut his heart out."
"Metaphorically, of course," Ingraham said.
"Yeah, metaphorically," Christie replied.
Andrew Kaczynski is a political reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.
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