Obama comparisons trail young senators seeking GOP nod

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Republican presidential candidate, Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla. speaks in Manchester, N.H., Thursday Feb. 4, 2016. Some Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz supporters get the irony. After seven years of Republicans holding up President Barack Obama’s one term in the U.S. Senate as evidence of naiveté and inexperience, these voters find themselves rallying around, you guessed it, one-term senators. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

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By JULIE PACE, AP White House Correspondent

PORTSMOUTH, New Hampshire (AP) — Some Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz supporters get the irony.

After seven years of Republicans holding up President Barack Obama’s one term in the U.S. Senate as evidence of naivete and inexperience, some GOP voters find themselves rallying around — you guessed it — one-term senators.

Rubio was elected to represent Florida in the Senate in 2010, with Cruz winning his Texas Senate seat two years later. Rubio’s term ends in January, and he’s not seeking re-election.

After Cruz’s victory in Iowa and Rubio’s stronger-than-expected third place finish, some of their rivals are urging voters in New Hampshire to keep the comparisons to Obama in mind when they vote in Tuesday’s primary.

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