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Rubio: Trump 'doing better in Florida then people think'

22

October

“You know, it is going to be a very close race. I think he is doing better in Florida then people think he’s doing, but we’ll see. I don’t think he can win if he doesn't win Florida.

— Marco Rubio on Donald Trump, in an interview Friday with NBC News.

More below.

ON WHO THE LEADER OF THE PARTY IS:

“I think there is an acknowledgement that Donald's nomination is unusual and not what most people expected. He did win 14 million votes, and he’s the nominee of our party, but I think a perspective of that is there is going to be leadership out of the congressional branch. As I have said many times, I don’t agree with Donald and the nominee of my party on many issues. So I imagine that on certain issues that, if he is elected, you are going to have congressional Republicans who are going to be pushing the country potentially in a different direction than a Republican president.”

ON THE TRUMP GOING AFTER CLINTON ON WIKILEAKS RELEASE:

“I can only talk about my advice to everyone, and that is I don’t discuss that. I think there is plenty of other material that can be used. As our intelligence officials have already told us, this work of a foreign intelligence agency. And I just don’t think it is wise for this country to allow foreign intelligence agencies to operate within the context of our electoral cycle. So I just won’t discuss those issues.”

ON SPANISH LANGUAGE DEBATE WITH MURPHY:

“There was no back and forth. We’re prepared to do a debate. It’s a Spanish language debate on a Spanish language network. I speak Spanish. I was going to answer my questions in Spanish and he was going to answer in English through the translator. He didn't want to agree to those rules. But there is no other real thing to talk about other than the fact he decided he didn't want to participate with me speaking in Spanish but it’s a Univision debate it was going to be in Spanish and I was going to answer the questions that where asked in Spanish, in Spanish, and he didn't want to abide by that. But I think it’s part of a broader… I mean, he doesn’t like debating..”

“I did a debate at Univision six years ago in which I had to answer question in English, and it just didn't work well with the translator. They don't accurately translate my words. He just did a commercial in Spanish where he was talking Spanish in it, so I guess he speaks Spanish. He should be willing to do it.”

[Last modified: Saturday, October 22, 2016 1:37pm]

    

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