Echoing comments he made over the weekend, potential Republican vice presidential candidate Sen. Marco Rubio (FL) blamed President Barack Obama for gridlock in Washington, D.C.

"In 2008, irrespective of how you felt about the President's policies, we all had the hope that he would be a uniter, that he would elevate American politics and allow us to really focus on the issues of the day, even if we disagreed about how to approach them," he said Thursday on CNN Espanol. "I think that Barack Obama is long gone."

"I think the Barack Obama that today occupies the presidency is someone who has made the cold political calculation that the only way he can win is by pitting one group of Americans against another group of Americans," he continued. "And this constant pitting of one group of Americans against another is divisive, in a way that we have not seen by any American president probably in modern political history.

Rubio wished for the "Barack Obama of 2008" to return and elevate the political discourse in the United States.

"I think people are tired of hearing how bad the people on the other side of an issue are, and unfortunately, that is really what the Obama campaign and the Democratic Party behind it have been about lately," Rubio concluded. "That makes it very difficult to get things done here in Washington."

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