Florida Republican U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio stood by his endorsement Tuesday of Donald Trump, despite heightened pressure from Democratic opponent Patrick Murphy to disavow his party’s presidential candidate.
Shortly after a 2005 tape of Trump making crude, sexist comments about women went viral Friday night, Rubio tweeted they were “vulgar, egregious & impossible to justify.”
But until Tuesday, Rubio remained silent. His statement:
“I ran against Donald Trump. And while I respect that voters chose him as the GOP nominee, I have never hesitated to oppose his policies I disagree with. And I have consistently rejected his offensive rhetoric and behavior,” Rubio said.
“I disagree with him on many things, but I disagree with his opponent on virtually everything. I wish we had better choices for President. But I do not want Hillary Clinton to be our next President.
And therefore my position has not changed.”