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Rubio Slams Trump, Opponents in Senate Election Race

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By    |   Wednesday, 22 Jun 2016 03:08 PM

Republican Sen. Marco Rubio issued critiques of his opponents and Donald Trump during an interview with Politico after announcing he would run for re-election to his Senate seat.

"It's been well-documented that I have significant disagreements with Donald Trump on his failure to articulate policies and many of the things he has said, especially about women and minorities," Rubio said in the interview.

Rubio confirmed to Fox News and other outlets that he would run for re-election after previously saying he would step aside at the end of his term.

Regarding Trump's comments about the Mexican heritage of the judge in the Trump University case, Rubio said he would not refuse to criticize Trump. 

"They're not comments that I agree with. They went beyond the pale. I most certainly strongly disagree and I found what he said offensive and I'm glad he stopped saying it," he said. 

Also, he said he believed Trump would not be a worse president than Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.

"He's not running against George Washington."

As for his own race for Florida senator, Rubio rebuked the Democratic opponents for his position, House of Representatives members Patrick Murphy and Alan Grayson.

He said Murphy "has no significant achievements in his entire life. He has been handed everything," then called out Grayson for a House investigation into a hedge fund that Grayson ran.

"If he were elected, the chances are he would probably be indicted in his first couple of years in office."

Rubio first is facing newcomer Carlos Beruff in an Aug. 30 primary, who supported Florida Gov. Charlie Crist after he changed parties from GOP to Democrat.

"He'll have to answer for that," Rubio said.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell approved of Rubio's running for re-election, saying he increases the likelihood that the Republicans will maintain their Senate majority.

"It has a huge impact on our ability to hold the majority so it's a big development. I'm pretty excited about it," McConnell said in the Politico report.

Sen. Ted Cruz, who opposed Rubio for the Republican presidential nomination, endorsed his re-election bid, according to the Dallas Morning News

"Marco is a friend and has been an ally in many battles we have fought together in the Senate," Cruz said.

However, Democratic senatorial campaign chairman Sen. Jon Tester told Politico that Rubio has to explain his voting record.

"I think he has to explain why, after a mass shooting in Orlando, that he votes against a bill that would help stop that from happening," Tester said, according to the Politico report.

"Other than that, it's fine," Tester joked.

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