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Darrell Issa, Defending Rubio, Calls Chris Christie "A Lot Overweight"

"He was told in a domineering fashion by a slightly overweight governor—okay he wasn't slightly, he's a lot overweight..."

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Congressman Darrell Issa, a supporter of Marco Rubio's presidential bid, defended the Florida senator's recent debate performance in a radio interview on Monday, calling Chris Christie "a lot overweight" in the process.

"He was told in a domineering fashion by a slightly overweight governor—okay he wasn't slightly, he's a lot overweight, I'm in a position to understand that," Issa told Boston Herald Radio while defending Rubio's four-time repeated line during the debate that President Obama knows what he's doing.

Christie, who underwent lap band surgery in 2013, has lost significant weight in recent years.

On the radio on Monday, Issa said, "If he'd been asked a question he'd answer it, he choose not to take the bait of an attack and, you know what, I respect that. I respect his being Reaganesque and instead of attacking back his opponent and berating him he started talking about what he thought mattered."

Andrew Kaczynski is a political reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.

Contact Andrew Kaczynski at andrew.kaczynski@buzzfeed.com.

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