- Republican presidential debate took place Saturday in New Hampshire
- Maria Cardona: Christie had his best debate to date; Rubio struggled
Maria Cardona is a political commentator for CNN, a Democratic strategist and principal at the Dewey Square Group. She is a former senior adviser to Hillary Clinton, is a Clinton supporter in 2016, and was communications director for the Democratic National Committee. She also is a former communications director of the Immigration and Naturalization Service. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author.
(CNN)What happened to Boy Wonder during Saturday night's Republican presidential candidate debate? Marco Rubio lacked luster during this last debate and his campaign has got to be worried New Hampshire voters may be rethinking the senator's preparedness to be commander-in-chief. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie eviscerated him time and time again -- about his canned responses to questions, and his lack of real answers. It was a bit jaw-dropping then to hear Senator Rubio repeat the same line five times, giving credence to Christie's attacks. Rubio was off his game, got rattled by Christie, and showed voters he is not ready for prime time.