There was a general consensus among reporters and media types that the Marco Rubio who showed up to debate Thursday night on CNN was a different candidate than seen in previous contests.
Rubio is really taking it to Trump tonight. I'm actually learning some new bad things about Trump. #refreshing
— Pat McMahon (@PatMcMahonDC) February 26, 2016
Rubio came to play tonight. He's hammering Trump for defrauding people through a fake school, hiring illegals, making his clothes in China.
— Sean Davis (@seanmdav) February 26, 2016
Where has this @marcorubio been? He had Donald rattled
— Jonathan Karl (@jonkarl) February 26, 2016
Rubio unloading the entire oppo book on Trump's head. All at once.
— Rick Klein (@rickklein) February 26, 2016
Where was this Rubio ten weeks ago?
— Nick Timiraos (@NickTimiraos) February 26, 2016
Rubio is unloading his oppo file on Trump. Like the 4th of July fireowrks finale 30 minutes in.
— Jonathan Chait (@jonathanchait) February 26, 2016
Give Rubio this: He isn't going to lose the race without throwing his punches.
— Chris Cillizza (@TheFix) February 26, 2016
Maybe his motivation was the overexcited cheerleader in the audience, whose piercing screams followed every comment and were literally loud enough to drown out the rest of the audience’s applause. Some believe she was a Trump super-fan, but we’re pretty sure she was shrieking whenever Rubio landed a blow on the front-runner.
STOP THE SCREAMING PERSON IN THE AUDIENCE PLEASE
— Mila Mimica (@MilaMimica1) February 26, 2016
That person is screaming in panic https://t.co/rCwrgtHYhn
— Scott MacFarlane (@MacFarlaneNews) February 26, 2016
— Fug, LLC (@FugLLC) February 26, 2016
Crazy screamer in the #GOPDebate crowd. Literally crazy I fear.
— Benet Catty (@benet_catty) February 26, 2016
Somebody escort the @marcorubio screamer the hell out of the U of H Opera House, PLEASE!
— Rich Chiappe (@RichChiappe) February 26, 2016
Someone please get that GD screamer out of the audience, that's super annoying #GOPDebate
— Beth #NeverTrump AL (@bamapachyderm) February 26, 2016
deport the screamer
— Hadas Gold (@Hadas_Gold) February 26, 2016
That Trump supporter/screamer in the audience needs to go. It's other-worldly. #GOPDebate
— John Welbes (@jwelbes) February 26, 2016
Can someone PLEASE STIFLE THE SCREAMER IN THE AUDIENCE??
— StockDoc (@TexCanSeeMe) February 26, 2016
#GOPDebate What's with the 13-year-old, female Rubio fans screaming at the top of their lungs every second? What is he, the fu*king Beatles?
— Anson Mount (@ansonmount) February 26, 2016
— toddstarnes (@toddstarnes) February 26, 2016
— Dan Speerin (@danspeerin) February 26, 2016
The screamer in the audience is… unsettling. #GOPDebate
— Liz Wheeler (@Liz_Wheeler) February 26, 2016
Omg I want to punch the female screamer in the audience.
— Green Eyes for Cruz (@OhioGreenEyes) February 26, 2016
Rubio definitely winning in the "get a screamer near the crowd mic" contest.
— Ted Mann (@TMannWSJ) February 26, 2016
We suspect the screamer was either hushed or escorted out of the state. We kind of miss her, but at least the dog isn’t shivering under the bed anymore.