Radio talk show host Hugh Hewitt and MSNBC's Chris Matthews debate about Marco Rubio's debate performance on Sunday morning's Meet The Press. Hewitt, a Rubio supporter, says that after his talked-about over-repitition of a line about President Obama's nefarious intent in last night's New Hampshire debate, Rubio will be preparing for a "South Carolina brouhaha."
Matthews challenges Hewitt on Rubio's performance: "Is there a logic to doing it four times in a row?" Matthews asked. "Why did he do it four times in a row?"
Hewitt admits what Chris Christie said during the debate is true, Rubio's "staff had trained him" to say it that way.
Andrea Mitchell's finishing move: "Being staff-trained is not what these candidates need to show on this stage here, Hugh. They need to show that they have a functioning brain."
HUGH HEWITT: Donald Trump won Tuesday night because he did not lose Saturday night, and I think John Kasich pole-vaulted over Marco Rubio by being winsome and completely affable, but I'm a contrarian on Rubio, he won all of that debate except for those three minutes, especially the second half. And I think he'll get the bronze come Tuesday night.
CHRIS MATTHEWS: Well that's good, but the only problem you have is the video tape, and it exists.
In last night's debate, N.J. Gov. Christie mocked Rubio's "soundbite answers" where "you talk about how great America is at the end."
HEWITT: I'll tell you what amused me last night on the Twitter feed. Every Democrat is eager to bury Marco Rubio because they are afraid of Marco Rubio, they are desperately afraid of him.
Therefore, I think what we have, is a "South Carolina Brouhaha." it is going to be an open convention because Rubio is not going away.
CHRIS MATTHEWS: One question: Is there a logic to doing it four times in a row? Why did he do it four times in a row?
HEWITT: Because he is talking to me. he is talking to Rpublicans about Barack Obama...
MATTHEWS: You mean if he could do it over again, he woudl repeat the same lines four times in a row? ... Why did he repeat himself?
HEWITT: Because his staff had trained him and he had learned to be disciplined in his delivery of the message--
ANDREA MITCHELL: Being staff-trained is not what these candidates need to show on this stage here, Hugh. They need to show that they have a functioning brain.