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Men in robot costumes try to swarm Marco Rubio in Manchester

“Rubio is all talking points,’’ one protester said.

Aaron Black protested a Marco Rubio visit in Manchester, N.H.

Aaron Black protested a Marco Rubio visit in Manchester, N.H.

Several protesters dressed in anti-Marco Rubio robot costumes were jostled by the candidate’s supporters at a Manchester polling location on Tuesday morning.

The crowd of supporters had gathered ahead of a visit from Rubio himself. Wearing a chrome costume, Aaron Black held a sign that read, “#Robot Rubio.’’

In addition to Black, two other protesters present wore robot costumes made of cardboard. A website written on their costumes is owned by American Bridge, the liberal super PAC.

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Rubio has faced criticism for being a robotic candidate after he repeated the same talking point three times within five minutes at the Republican debate on Saturday.

Black, in the shiny costume, stood in front of the crowd of supporters with his makeshift sign at the Webster School. A woman with a large Marco Rubio sign came over and attempted to stand in front of him.

Marco Rubio arrived at the site just before 8 a.m., and supporters, media, and the protesters swarmed around him. In the tussle to reach the candidate, one anti-Rubio protester fell, and another was pushed away by supporters holding large signs.

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Black said he didn’t know who he would vote for, but it would not be Rubio.

“Rubio is all talking points,’’ Black said. “He’s programmed by corporate donors, and hasn’t passed a significant piece of legislation while he’s been in the Senate.’’

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