- The Washington Times
Friday, July 24, 2015

Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida said Friday that Donald Trump is not going to be the Republican presidential nominee and that the real estate mogul is benefiting from people hearing his name in the news.

“Not long term,” Mr. Rubio, who is also running for president, said on “CBS This Morning” when asked if he thinks Mr. Trump is a problem for his party. “Donald Trump’s not going to be the nominee of the Republican party.”

Mr. Trump has been leading in recent polling on the 2016 GOP field, but Mr. Rubio said polls “swing up and down” and that he personally has been higher and lower than where he is now.

“These polls, at this point, basically are measuring who people are hearing about on the news, and Donald Trump is benefiting from that,” he said. “I strongly believe that not just the next nominee, but the only way that Republicans are going to win the presidency is by offering an optimistic but realistic vision of the 21st century with a real plan of how we can benefit from all the globalization that’s changing the nature of our economy, from the technological advances that have changed the nature of work, and also about playing our proper role in the world in terms of leading the free people of this planet to confront global challenges.”

• David Sherfinski can be reached at dsherfinski@washingtontimes.com.

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