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Rubio, under sharp criticism from former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, downplayed Rick Santorum's inability to name a single legislative accomplishment of his

"The reality of it is the American Dream is still alive. It is still healthy. We need a president who helps us get there and that guy is Marco Rubio," Scott said

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Sen. Marco Rubio is defending his record in Congress after Rick Santorum, now a Rubio backer, struggled to name any legislative accomplishments by the Florida senator.

Rubio, under sharp criticism from former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, downplayed Santorum’s inability to name a single legislative accomplishment of his.

“Let’s be fair to Rick. I mean, he has spent the past year and a half running for president and his campaign, and he just endorsed us last night,” Rubio told reporters in Manchester on Thursday.

Rubio then vaguely said he had “real achievements,” and repeated his arguments that he’s shown “better judgment” on national security issues than his rivals.

Earlier Thursday, Santorum, who ended his presidential campaign earlier this week after fairing poorly in the Iowa caucuses, said “it’s hard” to name a significant accomplishment that Rubio has had in the Senate. He did say that Rubio has “tremendous potential and gifts.”

“If you look at being a minority in the United States Senate in four years where nothing got done, I guess it’s hard to say that there are accomplishments when nothing was done,” Santorum said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.” “Tell me what happened in those four years that was an accomplishment for anybody.”

“He spent four years in the United States Senate being frustrated like everybody else that nothing got done and then you can’t point to him and say well nothing got done therefore he has no accomplishments,” Santorum added.

By early Thursday night, the Christie campaign had cut an ad, called “It’s A Simple Question,” attacking Rubio with Santorum’s own words.