Republican presidential candidate and Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) said Monday on National Public Radio that he didn’t want to continue criticizing rival Donald Trump and be a part of the real estate mogul’s “freak show.”
Rubio and Trump have criticized each other’s campaigns. Trump had called Rubio “too young” and “overly ambitious.” Rubio responded by calling him “very touchy.” Trump then called the senator a clown — a line that drew boos at the Values Voter Summit.
Rubio echoed his critiques of Trump on NPR.
“I’m not interested in the back and forth to be a member or part of his freak show,” Rubio told NPR. “He is a very sensitive person. He doesn’t like to be criticized. He responds to criticism very poorly. He had a speech in South Carolina to an empty crowd. He got booed on Friday at that Values Voters Summit. His poll numbers have taken a beating, and he was embarrassed on national television at the debate by Carly Fiorina and others.”
“But this election is not going to be about Donald Trump,” Rubio continued. “He thinks it is, but it’s not about him. It has to be about the issues confronting our country. And my sense of it is that every time issues become prominent, he will say something outrageous or do something outrageous so that he doesn’t have to talk about the issues.”
Listen to the full interview from NPR: