Rubio: ‘I’ve stood by’ calling Trump a ‘con man’ and I support him
Asked about calling Trump a “con man,” Marco Rubio says, “I’ve stood by everything I ever said in my campaign.”
Rubio, who is running for reelection after insisting that he would become a “private citizen” next year, claimed that Trump’s candidacy helped convince him he needed to remain on Capitol Hill.
“We’re in a different place now. Now we have a binary choice — not a choice between 15 people or 12 people,” he told the Herald staff. “There are two people in the world that are going to be the next president, either Donald or Hillary. In our republic, while the presidency is powerful, there is a balance of power in this country, and a significant amount of it resides in the United States Senate. It’s one of the reasons why I seek to run again.”
Rubio has for months struggled to explain how he could back a candidate who he so personally and virulently attacked. The Florida senator said that he would honor the pledge that he and the other 2016 candidates made to support the nominee, despite his “concerns” about Trump.
While Rubio is ahead of GOP opponent Carlos Beruff in the Senate primary, his campaign remains dogged by questions about Trump, who is polling neck and neck with Hillary Clinton in the Sunshine State.