Sen. Marco Rubio, the one-time presidential hopeful who squared off against Donald Trump and a field of other Republicans in the primary race to the White House, has weighed in on the latest Trump controversy.
He came late to the table of supporting the billionaire businessman, fully supporting him at the Republican National Convention, and has since taken up a bid for keeping his Senate seat in Florida.
He has just released a statement on Trump that is giving his supporters mixed feelings, even after Trump’s decade-old video dropped.
Rubio started with some harsh criticism of Hillary Clinton.
“I wish we had better choices for president,” Rubio said, Western Journalism reported. “But I do not want Hillary Clinton to be our next president. And therefore my position has not changed.”
Rubio, on the heels of a vicious campaign against Trump that included the trading of fiery barbs and the slinging of various offensive names and labels, ultimately announced support for Trump, breaking with many in his own party that hoped he would join them in campaigning for a new face to take the GOP reins, or for a write-in candidate to pop with appeal.
Sen. Ted Cruz, another former primary competitor who engaged in nasty back-and-forths with Trump, recently came out in support of the billionaire businessman as well.
But the pair’s support for Trump is seen as a break from the norm of daily politicking.
As Western Journalism noted: “Rubio’s position, like that of Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, makes them unusual among Republicans who were never firmly in the Trump camp, as some have distanced themselves further from the nominee after a 2005 video surfaced in which Trump used sexually explicit language about women.”
Rubio, in his statement, drew a line of distinction between supporting the candidate, versus supporting the party.
“I ran against Donald Trump,” he wrote, Western Journalism reported. “And while I respect that voters chose him as the GOP nominee, I have never hesitated to oppose his policies I disagree with. And I have consistently rejected his offensive rhetoric and behavior. I disagree with him on many things, but I disagree with his opponent on virtually everthing.”
Rubio has in fact expressed outrage over Trump’s 2005 remarks.
In a tweet, he wrote: “Donald’s comments were vulgar, egregious & impossible to justify. No one should ever talk about any woman in those terms, even in private.”
Source: Western Journalism