If President Barack Obama adopts the Republican platform then one Tea Party-backed candidate for Senate from Florida would be willing to work across the aisle.

Florida State House Speaker Marco Rubio told Fox News that he wouldn't make bipartisanship worse in Washington if his Senate bid is successful.

"Partisan gridlock is not something I'm in favor of, okay? But the problem is it depends on what you're standing for. What are you fighting for?" asked Rubio.

"I've been more than happy to work across the aisle to do things like lower the capital gains tax, lower the corporate tax, flatten the tax rate, lower all these other taxes that make America increasingly an unfriendly place to do business. And if the Obama administration tomorrow announces that that's their agenda or the leadership in Congress does, I'll be more than happy -- I'll be thrilled to work with them," he said.

"But what they're attempting to do is fundamentally redefine the role of government in America. And we can't cooperate with that. We've got to stop that from happening," he explained.

Orlando Sentinel columnist Scott Maxwell blogged this morning that Rubio made a better impression than Governor Charlie Crist, who squared off against him on the program.

Overall, I think Rubio probably “won” this debate – partially because of he better played to FOX’s conservative audience, but also because he sounded more confident about what he was doing there. There was just something a little odd and unsettling about seeing the senior statesman on the attack. Rubio was in control.

Rep. Kendrick Meek is considered the leading Democrat in the race.

This video is from Fox's Fox News Sunday, broadcast March 28, 2010.

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