Rubio: Time To ‘Stand Up’ and ‘Punch’ Trump Back

Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Union,” when asked about his jokes about the size of his opponents Donald Trumps hands, Republican presidential candidate Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) said it was his objective “to stand up and punch them back.”

Partial transcript as follows:

BASH: I want to put my parent hat on for a second. I’m the mother of a 4-year-old son, and I’m having trouble letting him watch the news because things have gotten so vulgar and so over the top that I don’t want him to think that it’s okay to act like that. And I’m not alone. I know a lot of people have said that. How do you feel as a father and a presidential candidate about how low things have gone?

RUBIO: Well, I mean, no, but I’ll tell you, this is related to the real question. I am glad you asked it. My kids were with me on the campaign trail a lot from New Hampshire, Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina. Every day when I woke up, I was glad they were there not just because they’re my kids, but it reminded me of this is what it’s one of the things you asked me, about. I don’t want us to have a president that we constantly have to be explaining to our kids, look, I know that’s what the president did, but you shouldn’t do that. I don’t want that. We actually had a president like that not long ago. It was bad.

BASH: But just to follow up, but the rhetoric has been — has been, I mean, I understand you’re saying that you are trying to answer him and some of the things that he has been saying, but, you know, I can’t explain to my kid about the — you’re talking about hands and things like that.

RUBIO: Donald Trump, he might have grown up the way he did with a lot of money and going to boarding schools. Where I grew up, if someone keeps punching someone in the face, eventually someone’s going to have to stand up and punch them back.

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