Video: Rubio Responds to Crist’s Claim of Racism In GOP

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ABOVE VIDEO: Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) responds to Charlie Crist’s claim that he withdrew from the 2010 GOP primary because of racism, not Rubio’s major lead in the polls. Video courtesy of Fox News.

rubio-180-2WASHINGTON DC – Florida Senator Marco Rubio responded to a recent interview between Charlie Crist and Talk show host Jorge Ramos, where Crist claimed he withdrew from the 2010 GOP primary for U.S. Senate because of  what he perceived as racism in the GOP, not Rubio’s major lead in the polls.

During an interview with Neil Cavuto on Fox News, Rubio said:

“I think it’s ridiculous and silly. Two points I would make. First of all, I’m even cautious to even dignify that with a serious response. My prediction is that by the end of this election, even Democrats will be embarrassed that Charlie Crist became a Democrat. I would say that if this was in fact how he felt at the time, why didn’t he say it? Why didn’t he say I’m not running as a Republican because I think the Republican party has become what he accuses it of becoming and why didn’t he switch to Democrat? Why did he run as an Independent? Why didn’t he do that at the time? Why did it take him four years to say what he’s saying? It’s just not a serious thing. That’s my second point. I’ve never met a single Republican activist involved in my campaign that has ever, in my opinion, ever been motivated by race to state their objections. I think it’s absurd and quite frankly it’s barely worthy of any sort of response. But because he’s running for governor of my state, I guess I need to say what I said.”

After Cavuto asked Rubio if he believed Crist was a phony, Rubio replied:

“Absolutely. I believed that during the campaign. That’s one of the reasons why I ran for the U.S. Senate. I didn’t want my next U.S. senator to be someone like that, who wouldn’t just be trustworthy in moments of importance to the country, but who would embarrass us by saying these sorts of ridiculous things.”


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