Rubio refuses to talk Trump

Sen. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioCheese, wine importers reeling from Trump trade fight Peace Corps' sudden decision to leave China stirs blowback Lawmakers raise concerns over Russia's growing influence in Venezuela MORE (R-Fl.) in an interview broadcast Sunday declined to speculate on what 2016 GOP presidential front-runner Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpFed saw risks to US economy fading before coronavirus spread quickened Pro-Trump super PAC hits Biden with new Spanish-language ad in Nevada Britain announces immigration policy barring unskilled migrants MORE meant by his “blood” comments directed at Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly.

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“If I comment on everything he says, I mean, my whole campaign will be consumed by it,” the junior senator from Florida told Chuck Todd on NBC’s “Meet the Press” Sunday. “That’s all I’ll do all day.”

Rubio added that the Trump-fueled publicity has helped the Republican Party in its presidential nomination process.

“The debate was the most watched non-sporting event on cable history,” Rubio said.

“We beat 'Sharknado. That’s not bad. But look, the point is that a lot of people got to see high-quality candidates have a debate, the first among several.”

Rubio also defended his anti-abortion stance, which came under scrutiny when he said he did not support abortion exemptions in the cases of rape and incest.

“I’ll support any legislation that reduces the number of abortions,” he said. “And there are those that have that exception. What I’ve never done is said I require that it must have or not have exceptions.”

“I recognize that in order to have consensus on laws that limit the number of abortions, a lot of people want to see those exceptions. And that’s why I’ve supported those laws in the past, as has every pro-life group in America.”