Sen. Marco RubioMarco RubioRubio: 'I didn't run for the Senate to run for president again' Sunday shows preview: Next steps after Trump upheaval O'Malley gives Trump a nickname: 'Chicken Donald' MORE (R-Fla.) on Friday reiterated that he would vote for Donald TrumpDonald TrumpTrump's proposed ban on Muslims entering US a moving target Clinton camp blasts Trump over Brexit response: 'He patted himself on the back' Trump shifts immigration plan: No 'mass deportations' MORE in a general presidential election but said he hopes that scenario never comes to pass.
“For me, I’m never voting for Donald Trump in the Republican primary,” he said on “Kentucky Sports Radio." "I’m going to vote for the nominee, but it’s not going to be Donald Trump.
Rubio argued that debate over whether Trump is fit to be Republican standard-bearer shows how unsuited the billionaire is for the position.
“If it was anybody else in first place right now, we would not be asked that question,” he said when asked if he would support his GOP presidential primary rival in any fashion.
“You don’t see Bernie SandersBernie SandersSunday shows preview: Next steps after Trump upheaval Bernie fights for relevance Sanders shares star power with NY House hopeful MORE being asked, ‘Would you vote for Hillary ClintonHillary Rodham Clinton'Hamilton' to take center stage at Clinton fundraiser Clinton camp blasts Trump over Brexit response: 'He patted himself on the back' Clinton camp raffling 'Hamilton' with Hillary MORE?’ ” Rubio said, referring to the Democratic presidential candidates.
“If the front-runner was me or anybody else in this race, you wouldn’t have people asking that question. They’re asking it about Donald Trump for a reason. This is a guy that people have real reservations about.”
Rubio said he rejects the notion that Americans will have to pick the lesser of two evils between Clinton and Trump in November.
He said his decision to vote for Trump if he's the nominee is "a reflection of how bad I think Hillary Clinton is."
“[But] I don’t want us to reach this choice where it’s between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. I don’t want people to reach this choice where it’s between two people they don’t like or a choice if they’re staying home.”
Rubio and Trump’s other GOP presidential primary rivals vowed on Thursday night they would support the real estate tycoon should he become their party’s election standard bearer.
The Florida lawmaker, Sen. Ted CruzTed CruzO'Malley gives Trump a nickname: 'Chicken Donald' Va. GOP delegate files lawsuit over bound convention votes Our most toxic export: American politick MORE (R-Texas) and Gov. John Kasich (R-Ohio) uttered the pledge despite bashing Trump for two hours during the 11th Republican presidential debate, in Detroit.