Sen. Marco Rubio charged Sunday that President Obama has lost his political touch, accusing the incumbent of employing a “divisive” and “cynical” style that now pits Americans against one another — tough words that come amid speculation the Republican senator is trying out for the No. 2 slot on the GOP presidential ticket.

Rubio, without explicitly discussing his vice presidential aspirations, staunchly defended Republican candidate Mitt Romney over a series of recent controversies. And he launched broadside after broadside at Romney’s presumed opponent. In an interview on “Fox News Sunday,” he said President Obama has been in Washington so long — he’s been there seven-and-a-half years — that he’s starting to sound “just like anybody else in Washington.”