Marco Rubio Teases Brokered Convention: After First Round, Delegates Vote For Whoever They Want

Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio speaks at a rally Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2016, in Houston. ()
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Sen. Marco Rubio is again floating the possibility that Donald Trump, Ted Cruz, or he himself might fail to earn the necessary 1,236 delegates required to win the Republican presidential nomination.

That would mean taking the fight to a brokered convention.

During an interview on CBS “This Morning,” Rubio was questioned about a CNN report that revealed Rubio’s campaign manager had prepared donors in New York for the possibility.

“If you look at the way it’s going now, no one may have that number of delegates and that in and of itself would trigger a convention in which after the first round, delegates are free to vote for whoever they want,” Rubio said.

That scenario would create a chaotic process at the Republican convention in July — unlike any other nomination since 1948. Rubio indicated that he didn’t want a brokered convention to happen, but that he was ready for the possibility.

“I would not prefer that to be the case, I would much rather just have someone win the nomination in this process, but not a con artist like Donald Trump,” Rubio said.

Last night in the debate spin room, Rubio campaign manager Terry Sullivan teased reporters about his strategy.

“It’s a beautiful plan. Yooge. You’ll love it. You’ll love it,” he told NBC reporter Alexandra Jaffe.


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