Marco Rubio said Wednesday that he was "not entirely proud" of the personal attacks he waged on Republican presidential rival Donald Trump in recent weeks — in part because "my kids were embarrassed by it."
"In terms of things that have to do with personal stuff, yeah, at the end of the day it's not something I'm entirely proud of," the Florida senator told MSNBC's Chuck Todd
in a town hall meeting set to air Wednesday. "My kids were embarrassed by it — and if I had to do it again, I wouldn't."
Rubio began attacking Trump viciously in the week leading up to Super Tuesday, calling the front-runner a "con artist" and poking at the front-runner's hair and ultimately the size of his hands — a veiled shot at Trump's manhood — that did not help him with voters.
Trump has fired back relentlessly, via debates and on social media, describing Rubio as "lightweight" — even dubbing him "Little Marco."
Though he won the Minnesota caucuses and Puerto Rico's primary, Rubio has finished poorly in many contests. He has since switched back to attacking Trump on policy issues, primarily charging that the developer is not a true conservative.
The senator also told Todd that he would "absolutely" turn down being Trump's vice president if he won the nomination.
"I'm not looking to be anyone's vice president."
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