“I don’t believe his behavior last few weeks is dignified or worthy of the office he seeks,” the Florida Republican said on Fox News’ “Fox & Friends” program about his fellow candidate for the 2016 GOP nomination.
“The president of the United States is not just the top government official. It’s the leader of our people, our nation. To conduct presidency, it has to be done in a dignified way.”
Already, President Barack Obama shows no class, said Rubio.
“[He’s] a president that does selfie stick video, invites YouTube stars, people that eat cereal out of a bathtub, to the White House,” said Rubio. “He goes on comedy shows to talk about Iran. The list goes on. It’s important to have a presidency that restores dignity and class to the White House.”
But he also doesn’t believe the language Trump has been using, most recently in retaliatory statements against South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham and against Sen. John McCain, are “worthy” of the White House.
Rubio acknowledged that he could be in Trump’s crosshairs soon, as he has before, and said that some of the arguments the real estate mogul is making are “legitimate,” such as on immigration.
“It’s a big problem for the country,” he said. “you have people committing crimes. They’re deported, allow them back in, and cities refuse to report them. Legitimate issue. We have a porous border, not meaning just Mexico but 40 percent illegally are overstaying visas. We’re accept missing people on basis of who they know. They have a relative living here.”
Rubio, though, doesn’t think Trump will sustain his poll lead as the 2016 primaries near.
“This election will be about the important things,” Rubio said. “People come back from vacation, kids go back to school. Voters focus on issues.”
However, he deflected a question about whether Trump is good or bad for the Republican race.
“It’s a free country,” Rubio said. “Anyone can run for president. Someone who is famous, has resources, access to these and others, has the right to run.”
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