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Rubio says he didn't 'mislead' on campaign finance reports

Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., speaks at a campaign event in Derry, N.H., on Oct. 14.

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Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., speaks at a campaign event in Derry, N.H., on Oct. 14.

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Marco Rubio disputes Jeb Bush's claim that he "misled" the public about his fundraising.

"We didn’t mislead, the numbers are there and it shows what we raised. Here’s the bottom line, we’re very comfortable with where we are as an organization and how we spend our money and the progress we’ve made as a campaign," Rubio says in an interview to air on Fox News Channel's The Kelly File.

From a transcript:

On whether he thinks Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump blamed former President George W. Bush for 9/11:

“I don’t know, but I can tell you that first of all, the people that were here that conducted those attacks were here legally on student visas so that program needs to be reformed. More importantly, the 9/11 attacks were a result of an intelligence failure of an inability to pick up, diffuse different signals, all of which were indicating that something was going to be done, that Al Qaeda was going to act, but nothing was done about it. More than anything else it was an intelligence failure which is why the next president needs to rebuild the intelligence capabilities of the United states which have been severely damaged over the last few years by the Snowden revelations and by all sorts of other things that have happened with regards to it. That really is what led to the 9/11 attacks and they predate George W. Bush’s presidency.”

On Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush’s campaign saying he misdirected the public about his campaign budget:

“First of all, that’s publically disclosed. The numbers speak for themselves and we’re very happy where we are as an organization, we have a lot of work ahead of us. The American people are very upset about the direction our country – they gave Republicans a chance to govern, nothing changes. They gave Democrats a chance to govern, nothing good happens. They gave both parties the split of the government, thing stagnated and so people are frustrated, but this campaign is going to be about that frustration for us, but it’s also going to be about how do we fix it. That’s what I’m spending 99.9% of my time on.

"The numbers speak for themselves, they are publically disclosed. People can look at it and draw their own conclusion. It doesn’t really matter. We didn’t mislead, the numbers are there and it shows what we raised. Here’s the bottom line, we’re very comfortable with where we are as an organization and how we spend our money and the progress we’ve made as a campaign.”

On recent criticism from candidate Donald Trump that he is “weak” on immigration:

“Well, six months ago he was saying he was in favor of legalization for the people that were here illegally. He openly criticized Mitt Romney for using the term self-deportation. He can claim that’s what he is, but that’s not what he was just weeks before he ran for president. Here’s the bigger issue, I have a serious plan for dealing with immigration. It begins with enforcing our laws at the border, it begins with an entry/exit tracking system to prevent visa overstays and it continues with a mandatory e-verify system to shut off the jobs magnet. The second thing we have to do is we have to modernize our legal immigration system so that it is merit based so that we attract people to this country permanently on the basis of whether or not of they’re here to work and be Americans with what skills they have, not simply based on whether or not they have relatives living here.”

[Last modified: Monday, October 19, 2015 8:39pm]

    

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