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TheChat: Marco Rubio blames the media

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▪ “So it made it very difficult for us to get any other message across.” — GOP presidential candidate Marco Rubio referring to media coverage of Saturday night’s debate where Rubio was gang-tackled by several of his rivals.

Rubio was explaining his poor showing in New Hampshire. The last message voters heard before casting ballots Tuesday, Rubio said, was that “something bad happened Saturday night.”

▪ “The silence from Chris Koster on the issue of violent crime in St. Louis is deafening, and Missourians can’t afford to stand by idly while he decides if it’s in his political interest to do anything about it.” — Missouri GOP gubernatorial candidate John Brunner speaking about the state’s two-term attorney general, who will be the Democratic nominee for governor.

This is a new, and potentially effective, front in the GOP’s battle against Koster, who remains the early frontrunner to be the state’s next governor. Usually blame for crime woes is aimed at local officials, such as mayors and police chiefs, who are on the front lines of the battle against bad guys. Koster commands no police department, but is the state’s chief law enforcement officer.

▪ “Not at this time.” — Missouri Senate President Pro Tem Ron Richard when asked if there was support for Koster’s plan to end a long-running battle over a tobacco lawsuit that could bring $50 million into the state.

Republicans apparently aren’t interested in boosting Koster’s campaign for governor, and that’s how Republicans are viewing the proposed settlement.

▪ “If you’re out on the highway you’ll quickly see there are many drivers already driving 80, 85, 90 and some even faster.” — Kansas state Rep. John Bradford, a Lansing Republican, on his call to raise the speed limit on some state highways to 80 mph from the current 75.

He said the proposal would increase motorist safety because more drivers would be traveling at speeds near the limit as opposed to the situation now where the highways are full of drivers traveling at varying speeds. The Highway Patrol opposes the measure. The reason: The new speed limit would make the roads more dangerous.