MIAMI - MAY 23: State of Florida Republican speaker of the House Marco Rubio speaks about Cuba before Democratic presidential hopeful U.S. Senator Barack Obama, (D-IL) is introduced during a Cuban Independence Day Celebration at the InterContinental Hotel May 23, 2008 in Miami, Florida. Senator Obama and Senator Hillary Clinton (D-NY) continue the Democrats battle for their parties presidential nomination. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
In a radio interview yesterday, Marco Rubio cleared up the whole $134 haircut controversy.
Um, sort of.
The Senatorial candidate was being interviewed on WFTL when he was asked about his John Edwards move and how much, exactly, does one tip on a $134 haircut. Rubio does what any politician would do who's taken Campaigning 101 -- he dodged the question.
"That's not, that's not even accurately reported, that's not what that was... But look, that was a card secured in the corporate division under my personal credit. If you read the policies of American Express, it clearly says that uh if personal expenses get on there you have to pay them... You've got to pay it at the end of every month, which we did, and I paid for it out of my own pocket, all of it."
Rubio rambles on about how just because there were items on a statement doesn't mean the party actually paid for them (though his statements show that he didn't always pay off his bill, Naked Politics reported, and that his party picked up the late fees many times) and the media is just a bunch of attention grabbers.
"But, you know I think their job is to kind of write the story the most, uh, attention grabbing way possible. I get that. It's uh, it's unfortunately part of politics... You know this is an election about a country that owes trillions of dollars, a lot of it to foreign debt holders, I doubt this election is going to turn on some $138 charge on my personal credit."
Maybe, maybe not, but inquiring minds still want to know: "What do you tip on a haircut that expensive?"
"I've never had one that expensive," he replies, "so I can't tell you."
"So you did not get a haircut that expensive?" the reporter asks. "That's what you're saying?"
"No, that's not what that was, that was a bunch of other stuff that was for a silent auction and all of that."
Maybe we shouldn't be so much concerned with Rubio's 'spensive snip but rather with the fact that his interview coach is apparently a 12-year-old girl.
"So, but like I said," he continued, "the bigger issues of this campaign, and that's what we're focused on."