Republican candidate, Marco Rubio is unmoved by statements credited to his rival in the race to win the party’s ticket, Donald Trump. Trump, last Tuesday in Iowa, aimed a rare shot at Rubio by suggesting that the senator was “very disrespectful” to his mentor Jeb Bush, the former Florida governor, by challenging him for the Republican nomination. Trump also added that if he were Bush “I would really go after that guy.”
However, in his reaction on Wednesday, Rubio said “I’m running for president. I’m not running against anybody.” He further added that he would “continue to talk about my message.”
Rubio spoke during a campaign stop on Wednesday in New Hampshire and said Trump won’t be the party’s nominee.
“Ultimately the Republican Party will reach out to all voters based on who our nominee is. And I don’t believe Donald Trump will be our nominee,” Rubio said after speaking to a small crowd outside a car service center in Orford. “I think our nominee is going to be someone that embraces the future, that understands the opportunities before us, that’s optimistic but realistic about the challenges before us.”
The Florida senator however, acknowledged that “people are angry” and “they have a right to be,” but insisted that “we should allow that anger to motivate us, but we shouldn’t allow that anger to define us. We’re not an angry nation. We are an optimistic nation who has every reason to be optimistic about the future.”
Rubio also aimed a jibe at Trump’s message to the American people—describing it as one that bothers on anger. “There’s another gentleman running for president whose slogan is Make America Great Again. And I understand what he’s trying to say. But I would remind him that America is great,” Rubio said per Bloomberg. Ask yourself this question: who would you trade places with? Would you rather be China? Would you rather be Brazil or India or anyone else for that matter? There’s no nation on earth I’d trade places with. The issue’s not that America isn’t great. The issue is that America has the chance to be greater. And we’re not fulfilling our potential,” the senator said.