The Washington Times - September 26, 2013, 10:04AM

Florida Sen. Marco Rubio said Thursday that fellow Republican Sen. Ted Cruz’s filibuster this week has sparked more public interest in the debate over Obamacare — though he predicted that the no-holds barred effort to defund the law will fail in the Senate.

Mr. Rubio, a likely 2016 presidential contender, said that Americans are more familiar with the dangers of Obamacare and warned that the law will damage the “American Dream.”

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“My prediction is that we won’t prevail in the vote, but I tell you that people across this country are going to know where there individual senators stand - in particular the senators that come from states that Barack Obama didn’t win,” Mr. Rubio said on Fox News. “I think it is going to be a major issue in the 2014 elections.”

GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney beat Mr. Obama in North Carolina, Arkansas, Alaska and Louisiana — four red states that feature incumbent Democrats who are up for re-election in the midterm elections.

Mr. Obama, however, defeated Mr. Romney in Mr. Rubio’s home state of Florida.