Republican presidential candidate Florida Senator Marco Rubio stated that he has “a doubt” over whether fellow candidate Donald Trump would “replace Justice Scalia with someone just like Justice Scalia” during Thursday’s CNN Republican debate.
Rubio said that while Trump said he would appoint a justice like Scalia, “if you look at his record over the last 25 or 30 years, on issue after issue, he has not been on our side. Now, if he’s changed, we’re always looking for converts into the conservative movement. But the bottom line is, that you don’t have a record there to look at and say, ‘I feel at peace, that when Donald Trump is president of the United States, he’s going to be firmly on our side on these issues.’ In fact, very recently, he was still defending Planned Parenthood. He says he’s not going to take sides in the Palestinians versus Israel. these are concerning things. And so, yes, I have a doubt about whether Donald trump, if he becomes president, will replace Justice Scalia with someone just like Justice Scalia.”
Trump then stated, “I have great respect for Justice Scalia. I thought he was terrific. And if you talk about evolving, Ronald Reagan was a somewhat liberal Democrat. Ronald Reagan evolved into a somewhat strong conservative, more importantly, he was a great president, a great president. As far as Planned Parenthood is concerned, I’m pro-life. I’m totally against abortion having to do with Planned Parenthood, but millions and millions of women, cervical cancer, breast cancer, are helped by Planned Parenthood. So you can say whatever you want, but they have millions of women going through Planned Parenthood, that are helped greatly. And I wouldn’t fund it. I would defund it because of the abortion factor, which they say is 3%. I don’t know what percentage it is. They say it’s 3%. But I would defund it, because I’m pro-life. But millions of women are helped by Planned Parenthood.”
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