Rubio: Trump not a true conservative

Greg Nash

Republican presidential candidate Marco RubioMarco RubioEXCLUSIVE: Pro-Hillary group takes 0K in banned donations Poll: Rubio, Murphy neck-and-neck in Florida Senate race Overnight Healthcare: Blame game over Zika funding MORE said that rival Donald TrumpDonald TrumpTrump sends GOP pivoting to nowhere Politics and the perils of protectionism Clinton’s 9 most likely VP picks MORE is not a true conservative, criticizing the front-runner for not attending the Conservative Political Action Conference.

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"This is the American Conservative Union, and so, I mean, it's usually reserved for conservatives," the Florida senator said on CNN's "State of the Union" Sunday morning.

"This matters. Either the ideas behind conservatism matter or they do not. And if they do not, then it's fine, but I believe they do."

Rubio said candidates can't just ask for votes because they're "angrier."

"It is not enough to say vote for me because I am angrier and over-the-top and I'm going to do and say things no one else is going to do," Rubio said.

"I get that anger and frustration, I really do," he added.

Rubio continued to name many young conservative leaders in the country — calling out Trump for not having the same values and saying they grew up during the time of former President Ronald Reagan.

"And Ronald Reagan looked and acted nothing like Donald Trump," he said.

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