Donald Trump, Marco Rubio, NewsEdge

Rubio calls Trump ‘touchy and insecure’

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rubio-trump-420x260FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio jabbed billionaire businessman Donald Trump as “touchy and insecure” on Thursday, joining the chorus of Trump critics who have intensified pressure on the GOP front-runner in recent weeks.

The Florida senator also challenged Trump’s command of the issues during an interview with Kentucky Sports Radio, the most widely listened-to sports talk show in the state. Before Thursday, Rubio was among the few Republican White House hopefuls who largely avoided engaging with Trump.

A day earlier, Trump had called Rubio a “lightweight” while campaigning in South Carolina and criticized his lack of foreign policy experience. The former reality television star has lashed out at several Republican rivals in a campaign consumed by personal attacks at times.

Breaking his silence on Trump, Rubio responded Thursday that the real estate mogul relies on attacking people.

“He had a really bad debate performance last week. He’s not well informed on the issues. He really never talks about issues and can’t have more than a 10-second soundbite on any key issue,” Rubio said. “I think he’s kind of been exposed a little bit over the last seven days and he’s a touchy and insecure guy. So that’s how he reacts and people can see through it.”

Appearing later on the Fox News program “The O’Reilly Factor” Rubio repeated his jabs against Trump when pressed by host Bill O’Reilly if theGOP front-runner has enough “depth” to deal with major issues facing the country.

“He can’t have a conversation about policy because, quite frankly, he doesn’t know anything about policy,” said Rubio, who asserted that Trump’s “foreign policy apparently is a secret he can’t tell us because he doesn’t want to reveal it to the enemy.”

Rubio is one of several Republican presidential candidates taking an interest in Kentucky since the state party voted to have a presidential caucus on March 5 instead of its traditional primary in May.

The shift allows Republican contender Rand Paul, the state’s junior U.S. senator, to work around a state law banning candidates from appearing on the ballot twice in the same election. Paul, who is up for re-election in November, paid the state GOP $250,000 to cover the cost of the shift.

The caucus has generated interest from other candidates given Paul’s continued slide in the polls and the caucus’ unusual rules that allow candidates to claim delegates with as little as 5 percent of support. Thursday, Republican candidate Jeb Bush visited Louisville for a state party fundraiser and became the first candidate to pay the $15,000 filing fee to participate in the caucus.

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  • Jarhead

    The kind of reply you would expect from a lite-weight RINO. Join Boehner & just leave Mario!

  • Mwalltexan

    Rubio is definitely a Professional Politician wannabe!

    He thinks he is sniffing all the right “Bottoms”……..
    Remember the “Gang of Eight” ?

    It’s up to conservative voters to set him straight.

    It’s too much to hope that he will move to Cuba.

    • sherri palmer

      I like how you think, I wish he would move to Cuba too!

  • John

    Rubio is right about Trump. He is nothing but a spoiled brat that has to have his way. Hates anybody
    that questions him and bullies his way around. We already have a thin-skin ass in the oval office, we certainly
    don’t want or need another one to replace him.

  • Obtruder

    Marco Rubio is the 2012 Rick Santorum of this election.
    He will run out of money as he is not the RNC’s favorite son.

  • sherri palmer

    shut up Rubio…your claim to your ruin is you co sponsored the comprehensive immigration reform bill s744, you are a traitor!

  • SaneZidane

    Tell us how Sheldon is keeping you propped up Marco. Your canned speeches is straight out of the political playbook. Flipflopping on immigration and hobnobbing with the Gang of Eight does not show you as a strong leader, but just another smooth talking lackluster politico.

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