Rubio: Trump not a true conservative
© Greg Nash

Republican presidential candidate Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioRyan pledges 'entitlement reform' in 2018 Richard Gere welcomes lawmakers' words of support for Tibet Dem lawmaker gives McConnell's tax reform op-ed a failing grade MORE said that rival Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpHouse Democrat slams Donald Trump Jr. for ‘serious case of amnesia’ after testimony Skier Lindsey Vonn: I don’t want to represent Trump at Olympics Poll: 4 in 10 Republicans think senior Trump advisers had improper dealings with Russia 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.