Sen. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioPut partisan politics aside — The Child Tax Credit must be renewed immediately These Senate seats are up for election in 2022 Lawmakers press Biden admin to send more military aid to Ukraine MORE (R-Fla.) said Wednesday that the fact that three of the four top Republican presidential candidates are minorities shows the party’s diversity and strength.


The remark came during an interview on ABC's "Good Morning America" when host George Stephanopoulos brought up the similarities between Rubio and Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzHillicon Valley — Senate panel advances major antitrust bill Senate panel advances bill blocking tech giants from favoring own products Lawmakers press Biden admin to send more military aid to Ukraine MORE (R-Texas).

Stephanopoulos noted that the two rivals for the GOP presidential nomination are both 44 years old, of Cuban descent, are in their first terms in the Senate, and have had Tea Party support.

"I like that. Ted is a friend of mine," Rubio said.

"I think it's interesting that the four top candidates in that field, three of them, of the four, come from minority backgrounds, which speaks a lot to the diversity of the Republican Party and the strength of our party," added Rubio, whose parents immigrated from Cuba.

Another top Republican presidential candidate is Ben Carson, a retired neurosurgeon who is African-American. Carson is neck and neck in polls with Donald TrumpDonald TrumpHeadaches intensify for Democrats in Florida Stormy Daniels set to testify against former lawyer Avenatti in fraud trial Cheney challenger wins Wyoming Republican activists' straw poll MORE.

Republicans have sought in recent years to broaden their appeal among minorities, a major focus of the "autopsy report" released by the party following its second loss to Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaBiden: A good coach knows when to change up the team The Memo: Biden looks for way to win back deflated Black voters 6 in 10 say they would back someone other than Biden in 2024: Fox News poll MORE in 2012.

The issue has roiled Republicans this year, with Trump, who has been atop the polls since early summer, focusing largely on Hispanics illegally immigrating across the southern border into the U.S.