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Rubio on His Attacks on Trump: ‘If I Had to Do It Again, I Wouldn’t,’ But He Needed to Be Stood Up To


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Republican presidential candidate Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) stated that while fellow candidate Donald Trump needed to be stood up to, when it comes to the personal attacks he leveled against Trump, “that’s not something I’m entirely proud of,” and “if I had to do it again, I wouldn’t” in a town hall on MSNBC on Wednesday.

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Rubio stated that while he doesn’t regret policy attacks on Trump, “In terms of things that have to do with personal stuff, yeah, I — at the end of the day, you know, that’s not something I’m entirely proud of, my kids were embarrassed by it. And I — if I had to do it again, I wouldn’t. But not on the other charges. Not on the other things. When it comes to the fact that he is portraying himself as something that he’s not, and has done this before throughout his career, this time, the stakes are not a worthless $36,000 degree at Trump University, the stakes are the greatest nation on earth, and on that, I think I’m well within the teachings of my faith.”

He added, “He needed to be stood up [to]. This is a guy that’s basically offended everyone, for a year. I mean, literally has mocked a disabled journalist, a female journalist, every minority group imaginable, on a daily basis. I mean, you run — it becomes — use profanity from the stage. That said, yeah, I don’t want to be that. If that’s what it takes to become president of the United States, then I don’t want to be president. I don’t think that’s what it takes to be president. In fact, I know it’s not what it takes. It’s not what we want from our next president. And if I had to do it again, I would have done that part differently. But not the stuff about his record on business, I think that is legitimate, and the people need to know that what they are electing is not who he says he is.”

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