@MarcoRubio won't commit to joining Tea Party caucus

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Marco Rubio rejected a blanket characterization of the Tea Party movement as extremist, but at the same time remained noncommittal about the prospect of joining a Tea Party caucus, if elected.

Rubio, a Tea Party favorite, is one of the group’s success stories, but the candidate said Tuesday that he doesn’t see the need for a Tea Party caucus in the Senate, an idea that has been floated by Kentucky Republican Senate candidate Rand Paul.

“Well I don’t know what the need for that [Tea Party caucus] would be, obviously, maybe they feel there is a need for that, or others feel there is a need for that. I’m more interested in being part of a caucus that would lower taxes in America and create an environment where jobs are going to be created by the private sector,” Rubio said.

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