Marco Rubio: ‘Saddened By The News From Charleston’

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June 18, 2015 4:41 p.m.
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Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), a 2016 Republican presidential candidate, said Thursday he was “saddened by the news from Charleston” and was “praying” for the victims of a mass shooting at a historic black church in Charleston, S.C that left nine dead.

Rubio’s tweet came after Wednesday’s fatal attack on the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church by a white gunman, identified by authorities as Dylann Roof.

Rubio’s tweet is below:

Rubio, who spoke at the Faith & Freedom Coalition Policy Conference on Thursday, did not address the shootings during his speech.

Other presidential candidates who spoke at the event included Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX). Both Paul and Cruz responded to the Charleston shootings during their speeches.

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