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Aug 26, 2015 10:44 PM

Steinhauser: Rubio downplays Trump frontrunner status in NH1 News interview

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FRANKLIN – Marco Rubio isn’t putting much stock into polls that indicate that Donald Trump’s the clear front runner right now for the GOP presidential nomination.

“These polls at this point fluctuate, as they have throughout the years,” the senator from Florida and Republican White House candidate said in a one-on-one interview with NH1 News.

Trump tops the 17 candidate Republican field in latest public opinion surveys in New Hampshire and Iowa, the states that kick off the primary and caucus calendar, and in the national polls as well.

But Rubio says Trump’s surge isn’t going to alter his game plan.

“From my perspective, we’re going to focus on our message and continue to work hard. We think when the time is right and voters are tuned in and ready to make their choice, we feel very optimistic of what it’s going to mean for us,” Rubio told NH1 News.

Rubio spoke with NH1 News after taking a walking tour Wednesday afternoon in downtown Franklin. Rubio toured Grevior Furniture, which has been owned and operated by the same family for 84 years, and Central Sweets candy store. The stop in Franklin was the third of four for Rubio in a jam-packed day in the Granite State, following events in Orford and Littleton. Rubio closed out his day with an event in Londonderry.

The trip to the first-in-the-nation primary state was Rubio’s first since July 4th.

Rubio’s visit comes as the controversy continues of the use of the term “anchor babies” by Trump and by former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, another rival for the nomination who was a bit of a mentor to the senator.

Asked about Bush’s use of the term, Rubio said “I don’t use that term and I know it offends a lot of people. The problem is a legitimate issue. I’ve seen it in Florida. You have some people, in some cases are very wealthy people, come into south Florida, have a child, and then go back home, sometimes on a private jet. So it’s a real issue, a legitimate issue. The 14th amendment is not going to be changed, so I think the best way to address it is to enforce our immigration laws.”

Rubio’s trip also comes as the possibility of a federal government shutdown over funding for Planned Parenthood continues to grow. While Rubio believes that federal dollars for Planned Parenthood should be shut off, he’s not a fan of shutting down the government.

But Rubio blamed congressional Democrats for being inflexible, adding that “I’m arguing let’s leave the money for women’s health issues and let’s give it to thoroughly qualified health facilities that are not as controversial.”


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