Andrew Rafferty
May 20, 2012

Florida Sen. Marco Rubio on Saturday slammed President Barack Obama for being the most divisive figure in American politics.

“The man who today occupies the White House and is running for president is a very different person,” Rubio said at a high-profile GOP fundraiser, where he claimed Obama has abandoned the ideals he ran on in 2008. “We have not seen such a divisive figure in modern American history than we have over the last three and one-half years.”

Rubio delivered the dig in front of nearly 1,000 South Carolina Republicans at the Silver Elephant Dinner, one of the state’s biggest gatherings of GOPers and whose keynote speaker in 2011 was former presidential candidate Rick Santorum. The junior senator from the Sunshine State drew praise from the state’s most influential conservatives who took the stage before him, including Sens. Lindsey Graham and Jim DeMint and Gov. Nikki Haley.

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