Marco Rubio 2.0? Chris Christie mocks ‘canned line’ in Ron DeSantis’ debate memo
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Christie DeSantis
'A canned line used by a Florida politician, on a debate stage, against me? What could go wrong?'

Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie continues to target Ron DeSantis.

In comments Saturday in Atlanta, the former New Jersey Governor made light of a strategy memo released by the DeSantis political operation that telegraphed an attack on him at a debate next week.

“I don’t know. A canned line used by a Florida politician, on a debate stage, against me? What could go wrong?”

Christie’s callback was to a debate during the 2016 presidential campaign against Sen. Marco Rubio, in which he vivisected the then-candidate for overly scripted lines.

“The drive-by shot at the beginning with incorrect and incomplete information and then the memorized 25-second speech that is exactly what his advisers gave him,” Christie chided.

While Rubio says that analyses saying he lost the race because of that moment were “lazy and dumb,” Christie clearly diverges from that read, and is confident that he may have a second chance to work that magic in Milwaukee on Wednesday.

Christie’s comments are responding specifically to a leaked memo from the pro-DeSantis super PAC, Never Back Down. The memo, among other things, advised the Governor to “defend Donald Trump in absentia in response to a Chris Christie attack.”

Christie, who has displaced DeSantis in one poll this week for second place in New Hampshire, hammered DeSantis Friday after the publication of the memo exposed the debate tactic in waiting.

“The only way to beat someone is to beat them, and if he thinks he’s going to get on the stage to defend Donald Trump on Wednesday night, then he should do Donald Trump a favor and our party a favor, come back to Tallahassee, endorse Donald Trump and get the hell out of the race,” Christie said Friday in Miami.

Jesse Scheckner contributed reporting.

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has written for since 2014. He is based in Northeast Florida. He can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter: @AGGancarski


  • Terri

    August 19, 2023 at 11:19 am

    Love it!

  • Dale A Arnold

    August 19, 2023 at 11:26 am

    I think little Marco is still scarred from Christie’s attack! Ron will be very uncomfortable on that stage. They should put him right next to Christie so Christie can look him in the eyes everytime DeSantis opens his mouth.

  • Tom

    August 19, 2023 at 11:26 am

    It’s worth having Christie in the race just to mess with everyone else and it’s a pity that trump is such a spineless POS and to cowardly to enter the debate.

  • My Take

    August 19, 2023 at 11:32 am

    Will DeSSantis’s detached dùllardry do him in . . . finally? In front of mìllions.

  • Ocean Joe

    August 19, 2023 at 11:51 am

    Desantis chose to live his entire political life in a right wing bubble.
    If he had exposed himself to alternate news sources, he might have a shot at helping himself in the debate.

    A snapping turtle on the stage, whose snaps have already been telegraphed to the media by a campaign stooge or a Trump plant.
    You can bet Christie will remind Ron of what he’s supposed to say.

    Still, nothing can compare to Marco acting like he got tased repeating the same line 3 or 4 times, and then showing up to his final debate to let Trump know about his tiny hands. While Marco pretends shame over that, it was the only time anybody has ever hit Trump with the same nonsense he’s famous for.

    Thankyou Christina! Thankyou billionaires of Never Back Down!

  • Earl Pitts "The Ronald's UnOfficial Campaign Manager" American

    August 19, 2023 at 2:51 pm

    Good afternoon America,
    Most of the voters dont know who Christy is or care about anything he says.
    The left wasted their money they paid Christy
    Trotting Christy’s big old butt out to insult everybody amounts to a big nothing burger in returns for what the left paid to Christy.
    Thank you America,

  • charles hampton

    August 19, 2023 at 4:58 pm

    Destantis will not work his “Wokeisms” on Republican educated surburban women such as in Ohio who upset the Republican initative to raise changing Constitutional Admendment from simple majority to 60%. They are more supportive of reality issues rather than feeling issues coming cultural war grounds of the Christian Right. Wokeism is not a winning political issue as it really a cultural issue and who cares when one is focused on inflation, the soring national budget, illegal boarder crossing, depriving women of their God given rights to their own body and health issues related to birth control, and abortion rights. DeSantist will not succeed with his Wokeisms thank God.

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