Republican presidential candidate Sen. Marco Rubio speaks during a campaign rally at the Marriott South at Hobby Airport in Houston, Texas, Feb. 24, 2016.
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By NBC News
February 25, 2016

In an abrupt about-face in strategy, Marco Rubio on Wednesday night attacked Donald Trump on policy by name from the stump, drawing the battle lines for a certain showdown with the GOP front-runner on the eve of Thursday’s debate.

At an energetic rally in Houston, Rubio targeted Trump on Obamacare and Israel, charging Trump “thinks parts of Obamacare are pretty good” and that he’s refused to come to Israel’s defense.

“The front-runner in this race, Donald Trump, has said he’s not going to take sides on Israel versus the Palestinians because he wants to be an honest broker,” Rubio said…

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