The potential 2016 hopeful told POLITICO that he hadn't seen the full context of Romney's comments, and downplayed them as simply "an analysis to donors." But he said, "our mission should not be to deny government benefits to people who need them," but the party should work to ensure "less people need government benefits."
"I don’t want to rebut him point by point," Rubio said of Romney. "I would just say to you, I don’t believe that we have millions and millions of people in this country that don’t want to work. I’m not saying that’s what he said. I think we have millions of people in this country that are out of work and are dependent on the government because they can't find a job."
Rubio added that the economy is not producing jobs and many unemployed workers don't have the required skills for vacant positions, "and therein lies the challenge for the conservative movement; how do our ideas help change that."