Sen. [crscore]Marco Rubio[/crscore] says “there appears to be an air of desperation in some of these attacks” from Jeb Bush and the super PAC supporting the former Florida governor.
In an interview with Hugh Hewitt Friday, Rubio suggested that Bush may have decided, “we’re not going to win, so let’s just take everybody down with us.” (RELATED: As Campaign Falters, Jeb’s Super PAC Chief Gets Blamed)
Hewitt asked Rubio, “And you noted, and many people have remarked, that the Mike Murphy-run super PAC, which is a Jeb Bush-supporting super PAC, has dumped millions against you. Are you surprised or in any way shocked that the path by Murphy PAC is to just level you?”
“I don’t think anything surprises me anymore in politics,” Rubio said. “It obviously has a way of changing some people. And look, if someone decides we’re not going to win, so let’s just take everybody down with us, I mean, they have a right to make that decision. That’s not the campaign I’m running. There are policy differences between us. We can discuss those.”
“I think that’s something that the voters deserve to know about and I have continued to be willing to discuss those policy differences,” Rubio argued. “But in the end, I think that what we need to remind ourselves is we’re all going to be on the same team here, and the goal is to keep Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders out of the White House. And if I’m our nominee, I will win. And the Democrats know that, and so I think they are enjoying seeing, you know, me taking on these millions of dollars in attacks. But we’re going to be fine. We’re going to get through it. I think voters have a pretty good radar for this sort of thing.”
Hewitt followed up, “Do you think that is Jeb Bush, Governor Bush’s theory, we are going down, let’s take everyone with us?”
“Well, you’ll have to ask him whether that’s his theory. I can only tell you that you know, there appears to be an air of desperation in some of these attacks,” Rubio insisted. “And look, again, the First Amendment protects speech, and when you run for office, you know, this is part of it. That’s fine. We’ll work through it. And we feel very optimistic and really good about the support and the momentum that we’re gaining in both Iowa and New Hampshire.”