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Marco Rubio meets, escapes the press

The Florida senator-elect sought to escape a crush of reporters waiting for him outside Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell's office today, offering just brief on-the-move remarks about fealty to office.

"All of us got elected to be responsible to the ideals that we ran on," he said. "We all have obligations to come up here and be held accountable. I think everybody understands that."

As he walked out of the office into the crush, Rubio's eyes widened and he laughed as reporters surged forward.

"I lost my guide," he said at one point in the scrum. His appearance stood in contrast with fellow Republican sen-elect Rand Paul of Kentucky who spent some time expounding on federal spending.

"Spending is out of control," Paul told reporters. "I think we need to obey rules up here. The line that I
repeated over and over again is that the public has decided that both sides are untrustworthy, Republicans and Democrats. To fulfill that trust to the public, what we need to do is obey rules...We need rules up here that say we will balance our budget. We won't spend."