‘Take A Deep Breath’ Marco Rubio Tries To Diminish Trump Inevitability

Republican presidential candidate, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) holds a campaign rally at Lacks Enterprises February 22nd, 2016 in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
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Sen. Marco Rubio hit the morning shows today to remind the media and some of his nervous supporters to “take a deep breath” after billionaire Donald Trump won a dominant victory in the Nevada caucuses yesterday.

“I think it’s important to take a deep breath here,” Rubio said on CBS This Morning. He reminded the hosts that the nomination was decided by delegates, not just votes. “It’s not how many states you win, it’s based how many delegates you pick up.”

Rubio repeated that more delegates will be awarded in winner-take-all states on March 15, which he insists will help him catch up.

He cited Florida as one state where he expected to win.

“Well, we will win in Florida, now that Governor Bush is no longer in the race,” Rubio said, saying that a lot of the former governor’s support will flow to him.

Rubio was repeatedly asked why he refused to attack Trump to try to stop his momentum headed into Super Tuesday.

“I don’t understand this, I know that there’s a craving in the media for people to attack each other but I’ve never been a campaign that attacks people,” Rubio said. “Now if I’ve been attacked I responded and we set the record straight about policy differences.”

Speaking on the Today Show, Rubio criticized the media for attacking each other to make “good television.”

“I’m not in the race to attack anyone,” he said.

When asked why he was attacking Ted Cruz, Rubio said he was only trying to set the record straight after the Texas Senator kept distorting his record.

“He’s repeatedly made things up about me and we’ve had to clear the air on those things and point to the fact that he’s making things up,” Rubio said.

Rubio argued that he has corrected Trump on issues he disagreed with, citing the moment he defended George W. Bush during the last debate.

Rubio argued that he would only get stronger as more candidates began dropping out of the race.

“I think we’re only going to get stronger,” he said. “You’ve seen a growing number of people joining our effort. We’re the only ones in the race that can unite the Republican party and grow it.”