'Marcobot' Rubio razzed for rote lines in Republican debate

U.S. Republican presidential hopeful, Marco Rubio faced online mockery after repeating a similar point over and over and over again at Saturday's Republican debate in New Hampshire.
Republican U.S. presidential candidate Sen. Marco Rubio speaks during the Republican debate sponsored by ABC News at Saint Anselm College in Manchester, New Hampshire February 6, 2016. (Carlo Allegri/Reuters)

Marco Rubio may have exposed a glitch in the Matrix, during Saturday's Republican candidates debate in Manchester, N.H. 

The U.S. Republican senator and presidential hopeful has been riding high since his strong third-place finish in the Iowa caucuses, prompting his campaign to coin the term "Marcomentum."

But since last night's debate ahead of the New Hampshire primary, a new term has been coined: "Marcobot."

It may have been all the pressure on the young Florida senator, or it may have been the heat (he was looking pretty sweaty), but either way, Rubio started repeating a practiced attack on U.S. President Barack Obama over, and over again.

Eventually fellow Republican presidential hopeful Chris Christie, jumped in, calling Rubio out for the robotic repetition.

It wasn't pretty.

Chris Christie hammers Marco Rubio over sticking to talking points


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'There it is! His 25-second memorized speech, there it is everybody!' 1:07

Some were concerned it might be a glitch. 

Speculation began to build on Twitter that Rubio might actually be a robot.

Some compared his peculiar antics to the cult classic "The Stepford Wives."

He got plenty of Matrix comparisons as well. 

Soon a parody account @RubioGlitch was born.  

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His odd behaviour is even drawing comparisons with another famous election-time gaffe. 

And robo-Rubio wasn't even the most awkward part of the night.

Republican debate's awkward opening


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