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Marco Rubio stands by 'con man' remark but maintains support for Trump

U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio gives a speech in Tampa in July, urging supporters of the Republican Party to vote for Donald Trump. Rubio said he disagrees with Trump on "many issues," but that he disagrees with Clinton more.

OCTAVIO JONES | Times

U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio gives a speech in Tampa in July, urging supporters of the Republican Party to vote for Donald Trump. Rubio said he disagrees with Trump on "many issues," but that he disagrees with Clinton more.

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"Do you still think he's a con man?"

That question, regarding Donald Trump, was posed to Marco Rubio this morning during his sit down with the Miami Herald editorial board.

"I’ve stood by everything I ever said in my campaign, and that said, we’re in a different place now," Rubio replied. "Now we have a binary choice. Not a choice between 15 people or 12 people. There are two people in the world that are going to be the next president, either Donald or Hillary."

Rubio said he disagrees with Trump on "many issues," but that he disagrees with Clinton more. (On some foreign policy aims, though, Rubio and Clinton are more aligned. They both once supported the Trans-Pacific Parternship trade deal Trump now blasts.)

"We’ve never had a choice like that before us," Rubio continued. "It's the choice we have in 2016. I would just remind everybody that in our republic, while the presidency is powerful, there is a balance of power in this county and a significant amount of it resides in the United States Senate. it’s one of the reasons why i seek to run again."

He said that he signed a pledge to support the nominee, and added that it helped him gain access to GOP voter data.

Rubio has been trying to straddle Trump ever since he decided to reverse his promise not to seek re-election. And so far, it seems to be working. He's comfortably ahead of GOP rival Carlos Beruff and polls show him leading Democrat Patrick Murphy, though the race has tightened.

[Last modified: Monday, August 15, 2016 12:50pm]

    

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