After coming in for some not-so-good-natured ridicule for what some called a “robotic” performance in an early February debate, Sen. [score]Marco Rubio[/score] has again opted to seize on a catch-phrase and repeat it, possibly ad nauseam.

During Thursday night’s debate on CNN, the last before the vitally important “Super Tuesday” primaries and caucuses in 13 states, Rubio called frontrunner Donald Trump a “con artist,” finally going on offense to counter the older billionaire’s characterization of Rubio as “a little boy” on the debate stage.

In the Friday morning post-debate television interviews, Rubio repeated the “con artist” tag apparently unfazed by previous criticism from Gov. Chris Christie for using “memorized” sound bites and mocking by the “twitterverse” that dubbed him “Robot Rubio.”

The Florida senator, who is consistently running behind Trump and fellow senator Ted Cruz (TX), has countered the attacks by saying that his message is important enough to repeat, “I’m gonna keep saying it… it’s what I believe.”

Rubio called Trump a “con artist” on all three network’s morning programs: ABC’s “Good Morning, America,” “This Morning,” on CBS, and NBC’s “Today” show, varying the wording of the accusation only slightly.

“If this pattern continues, the conservative movement and the Republican Party is going to be taken over by a con artist.”

“There's no way ... I'm going to allow it to be taken over by a con artist.”

“I can just tell you that a con artist is about to take over the Republican Party and the conservative movement.”

“There's no way that we're going to allow a con artist to take over the conservative movement. And Donald Trump is a con artist.”

When asked, Rubio said as much as disliked fighting with a fellow Republican, “I would much more prefer not to turn over the party to a con artist like Donald Trump ... If you're a Republican, and you don't want your party taken over by a con artist like Donald Trump, unite behind us.”

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