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FLASHBACK: Jeb Bush Says Marco Rubio Makes Him ‘Cry for Joy’

Republican presidential candidates Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio are butting heads over Rubio’s Senate attendance record. The tensions between the two Floridians boiled over at last Wednesday’s GOP debate, when Bush said Rubio should either be present for his Senate votes or simply resign. Rubio came away from the controversy largely unscathed, and Bush’s self-admitted subpar debate performance has caused some to openly wonder if his campaign has staying power.

Flash back to just five years ago, when Rubio was first elected to Congress, and Bush introduced the senator-elect with praise and admiration that he has, for obvious reasons, not expressed on the campaign trail this year.

“Marco Rubio makes me cry for joy … because this is a great country and we need great leaders that inspire us to lift the cloud up above us so that we can be better and do better,” Bush said. “…We need principle-centered leaders that inspire us to solve our problems.”

As he was waiting for Rubio to approach the podium, Bush even started a “Marco! Marco!” chant. A chief criticism of Bush and his current campaign is that he has yet to show that same excitement and enthusiasm as he runs for president.

In an interview Sunday on NBC’s Meet the Press, Bush said Rubio has “given up” on the Senate. Rubio, in explaining his missed votes and briefings, has said he is spending his time on the campaign trail in order to ensure that those votes become “meaningful” again.

C-SPAN dug up the video from its archives, posting it to its official YouTube channel on Monday as tensions were still at a high point between Bush and Rubio.

Watch the video above, via C-SPAN.

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