‘And as long as that 70 percent is being divided up by five people, of course [Trump’s] the front-runner’
ABC’s “This Week” host George Stephanopoulos asked Rubio Sunday why he has not directly gone after Trump, the Republican front-runner. (VIDEO: Watch Marco Rubio’s Post-South Carolina Speech)
Rubio replied, “We had a very unusual circumstance. I was being attacked from all sides and I mean, we had one super PAC that spent $40 million going after me. So you can only take on so many people at one time.”
“And this is not about going after Donald Trump, it isn’t,” Rubio said. “I know people want to obsess about that. This election is about who is best capable of uniting the Republican Party. I know that I am.”
Stephanopoulos interjected, “Well, he is the front-runner right now.”
“Well, he’s the front-runner when you have seven people running and they’re dividing up 70 percent of the vote. We need to remember here, over 70 percent of Republicans nationally have basically said we’re not voting for Donald Trump. And as long as that 70 percent is being divided up by five people, of course he’s the front-runner. But once that number narrows, we’ll have a different election. And we’re getting closer to that point,” Rubio argued.
“But we have to nominate someone that will bring us together as a party, that will grow it, that can take our message to new people and more importantly that can win, someone that’s going to win in November. We cannot lose this election,” Rubio said. “And I give our party the chance to nominate someone as conservative as anyone in this race. But I am a conservative that can unite us, that can grow this party, and that can ultimately win in November. And that’s the argument we’re going to be making.”