Jul 172011

(CBS News)

Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., on Sunday accused Democrats of purposefully ignoring the debt limit until the last minute, contending that they were trying to “force” Republicans into a “take-it-or-leave-it proposition.”

In an appearance on CBS’ “Face the Nation,” Rubio compared the current debt limit negotiations to the recent standoff over the national budget – which in April almost led to a government shutdown – and said Democrats were manipulating the nation’s precarious economic state as part of a strategy to win political points.

“This is not a surprise,” Rubio told CBS’ Bob Schieffer, of the debt limit deadline. “This didn’t sneak up on us in the last couple of weeks here; we have known about this since the day I got to Washington.

“I think they deliberately let this thing go on because they were hoping to get to a last-minute situation so they could force us into a take-it-or-leave-it proposition, like they tried to do with the government shutdown earlier in the year, like they did with the stimulus package back in February when [President Obama] first took over,” Rubio added.

“Up until very recently, the president was completely disengaged from this debt limit debate. And I do think that in the context of politics, there was a strategy to leave this until the last moment.”

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