Sen. Marco Rubio admits that Donald Trump is the front-runner of the race for the Republican nomination, and that he remains the “underdog.”
“I’ll admit he’s the front-runner and that I am certainly an underdog but I have been an underdog my entire life,” he said during the Fox News forum with presidential candidates hosted by Megyn Kelly. “But I relish that. This is a country of underdogs. This is a nation made up of people who scratch and claw to move ahead and improve their lives.”
Rubio suggested that Trump was not a conservative, telling the audience that the majority of the Republican party wants a candidate other than Donald Trump.
“We are not going to allow the conservative movement to be defined by a nominee who isn’t a conservative,” he said. “And we certainly need to elect someone who’s prepared to be president in a thoughtful and serious and important way, given the threats this country faces.”
Rubio remained committed to the notion that as the field began to narrow, more Republicans would rally behind his campaign.
“I think the biggest change in this campaign is going to be when the people not named Donald Trump — the choices begin to narrow and we start to give the Republican voters a clearer choice of who they want to get behind,” he said.