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.”


“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.