Sen. Marco Rubio tells Newsmax.TV that President Barack Obama can’t run on his record and instead intends to “absolutely eviscerate” his Republican opponent before the November election.

The Florida Republican also predicts that Obama plans to pander to his extreme left base and seek to divide Americans along economic lines, asserts that the way to reduce the budget deficit is with more taxpayers instead of more taxes, and says the field of GOP presidential candidates is “underrated.”

Rubio was elected in 2010 in a three-way race that included then-Gov. Charlie Crist. Before that, Rubio was speaker of the Florida House, and he now is considered a key figure in the tea party movement.