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Rubio: Everyone Vote For Me To Stop Trump — Please!

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Rubio: Everyone Vote For Me To Stop Trump — Please!

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Marco Rubio is laying out his case to Republican voters: Gather around me — or we can’t stop Donald Trump.

There’s a problem, though: He’s still at a loss to actually explain how to get rid of his competitors, and to get all their supporters to flock en masse to him.

Wednesday morning on Fox & Friends, Rubio laid out the stop-Trump argument in the wake of The Donald’s crushing victory in the Nevada caucuses.

“Right now what you have is a situation where the majority of the Republican electorate, the majority of Republican voters in this country, do not want Donald Trump to be the nominee — I think that’s been pretty clear now,” he said. “The problem is that they’re divided up among four people. At some point, in South Carolina, it was five people; before that, it was seven people. So until there’s some consolidation here, you’re not gonna have a clear alternative to Donald Trump.

“And the argument we’ve made is: I’m as conservative as anyone in this race. But I’m the conservative that can unify the Republican Party. You’ve seen it in the last 72 hours, with the number of people that weren’t with me initially — you know, a lot of the establishment people didn’t even want me to run, a lot of them went with Jeb, or whoever — but they’re now all starting to consolidate across the spectrum in this party, with the understanding that if we don’t come together we’re never going to be able to provide a clear alternative to the direction that Donald Trump wants to take the Republican Party and the country.”

At that point, co-host Steve Doocy made a suggestion for how this uniting of the anti-Trump vote could actually take place

“Well, what about this consolidation? You know, now that’s pressure on, for instance, you and Ted Cruz, to somehow unite — to join forces to stop Donald Trump,” Doocy inquired. “Is that a possibility? Because a lot of the experts say without something like that, it’s Trump’s to lose.”

Rubio’s answer: No, it doesn’t work that way.

“Yeah, well, first of all, both Ted and I are running vibrant national campaigns. So the voters are gonna have to provide the consolidation,” he explained. “It’s not gonna be a deal between candidates — and that never happens, and it isn’t gonna happen now. And I think voters are gonna have to start making a choice here, about not just what kind of Republican Party, but what kind of country we’re gonna have in the 21st century.”

Rubio further explored this topic on NBC’s Today show.

“Here’s the bottom-line fact: The vast and overwhelming majority of the Republicans do not want Donald Trump to be our nominee. And that’s evidenced by the fact that your own poll last week showed that if it came down to me and Donald Trump, I’d beat him by 16 points. So what we have now is a dynamic where as long as there are four people running — dividing up the non-Trump vote — you’re gonna results like what you saw last night. And so the sooner we can get this race narrowed down, I think the easier it’s going to be to stop Donald Trump.”

Savannah Guthrie had to jump in, and point out the problem with this hypothesis: “Sorry to interrupt, but some candidates have dropped out — and actually what we’ve seen is Donald Trump grow his numbers. I know you say Nevada is an outlier, but he got 46 percent of the vote last night.”

And during an appearance on CBS This Morning, he explained that Trump’s current delegate lead can be overtaken once the race shifts from early contests that mostly allot delegates proportionally, and over to later states that award on a winner-take-all basis. “So I think what needs to happen here is, this race needs to continue to narrow.”

Rubio did not directly state the flip side of this argument: If the field ends up staying splintered, Trump will easily sweep those winner-take-all states, clinching the nomination very quickly.

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13 Comments

  1. ray February 24, 2016

    Rubio is a empty suit at least Trump is full of hot air.

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  2. ray February 24, 2016

    Rubio is a robot too. The perfect person to do the Billionaires bidding.

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  3. Paul Bass February 24, 2016

    Too lightweight, Rubio doesn’t have a chance.

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    1. Independent1 February 24, 2016

      And as I think Christie exposed, he really knows very little about the issues if he’s not able to refer to the crib sheets that he carries.

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      1. I of John February 25, 2016

        Chistie done broke that man. A sharp debater can take Rubio down now like a sack of wheat.

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  4. tranz2deep February 24, 2016

    Rubio is resorting to lying about the numbers to try to get people to actually vote that way.

    He’s doomed.

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  5. Dominick Vila February 24, 2016

    Rubio sounds desperate, and very naive. There is no indication whatsoever that if Kasich, Carson, and Cruz drop out of the race their supporters will switch their allegiance to Rubio. Marco is simply too inexperienced to appeal to mainstream Americans, and too compromising – before he saw the political writing on the wall – to get the support of the hate crowd. The only one with a remote chance to get close to Trump is Kasich, and I doubt he would succeed if he happens to be the last man standing against The Donald. Trump is likely to have such a commanding lead after Super Tuesday that I would not be surprised if he runs unopposed after that.

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  6. Marv Nochowitz February 24, 2016

    The alternative to Donald trump is Hillary Clinton.

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  7. Insinnergy February 24, 2016

    Ahh the stink of desperation.
    “Vote for me because I’m not that other guy…”

    Totally solid strategy.

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  8. Jinmichigan February 25, 2016

    little Marco is no alternative to anyone.

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  9. Bob Eddy February 25, 2016

    The typical Republican attitude…someone will have to sacrifice for this to happen, and its not going to be me! Kinda sad. In the entire Republican party they can’t find anyone better than this to run against someone as totally loathsome as Trump.

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  10. CrankyToo February 25, 2016

    Hush up, everyone! I’ve been watching this cake bake for for a long, long time, and I want to enjoy eating it in peace…

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