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MIAMI (CBSMiami/AP) — Florida Senator Marco Rubio says he will still stand by Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump amid controversy over predatory sexual remarks about women.

On Tuesday, the Republican senator who ran against Trump to be the GOP nominee, released a statement on the matter to CBS4’s Jim DeFede saying:

“I ran against Donald Trump. And while I respect that voters chose him as the GOP nominee, I have never hesitated to oppose his policies I disagree with. And I have consistently rejected his offensive rhetoric and behavior. I disagree with him on many things, but I disagree with his opponent on virtually everything. I wish we had better choices for president. But I do not want Hillary Clinton to be our next president. And therefore my position has not changed.”

Rubio’s response comes a day after Speaker Paul Ryan told Republicans he will not campaign for or defend Donald Trump in the last weeks before election day.

Indeed, Ryan said he would devote his energy to ensuring Clinton doesn’t get a “blank check” as president with a Democratic-controlled Congress, according to people on his private conference call with GOP House members. While the Wisconsin Republican did not formally rescind his own tepid endorsement of Trump, he told lawmakers they were free to do just that and fight for their own re-election.

Ryan’s announcement underscored the perilous predicament Republicans find themselves in one month from Election Day. Recent revelations of Trump’s predatory sexual comments about women deepened the worries among GOP officials who fear he’ll drag down their own electoral prospects in November. But others look at Trump’s loyal bands of supporters and see no way for Republicans in other races to win without their support.

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Comments (3)
  1. Cristina says:

    Considering you couldn’t even win your own state, your support doesn’t really mean much.

  2. warren says:

    i think you should keep your mouth shut when it comes to trump….the cubans in your corner will turn on you as fast as they can say castro……you still have that IDIOT GLOW about you…and have proven your not a leader

  3. Maurice Roberts says:

    What is right comes before career, what is right comes before party, what is right comes before self. What does this say about him? A US senator, with all the power that that entails is reduced to a blob of jello, lacking spine and courage. In others words “have you no sense of decency” , how can he put political expediency before before his self respect. Often we are faced with choices in our lives and it is those choices that say something about our character. What does this choice say?

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