Rubio: No abortions for Zika-infected women

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Sen. Marco Rubio said Saturday that he doesn’t believe a pregnant woman infected with the Zika virus should have the right to an abortion — even if she had reason to believe the child would be born with severe microcephaly.

“I understand a lot of people disagree with my view – but I believe that all human life is worthy of protection of our laws. And when you present it in the context of Zika or any prenatal condition, it’s a difficult question and a hard one,” Rubio told POLITICO.

“But if I’m going to err, I’m going to err on the side of life.”

Abortion and Zika became politically intertwined in June when Congress failed to pass a Zika-relief bill, in part due to a dispute over Planned Parenthood. Zika has started to spread quickly through Florida, which now has 422 cases — more than any other state in the nation — and it has alarmed families and health experts because the virus has been linked to severe microcephaly in infants born to some infected pregnant women.

“We’ve never before had a mosquito-borne disease that can cause a birth defect,” the Centers for Disease Control’s director, Tom Friedan, said Thursday in Doral after touring Wynwood. “That’s why we take it so seriously. The key is to protect pregnant women.”

Without prompting, Rubio acknowledged the challenges of the birth defects that result from Zika.

“Obviously, microcephaly is a terrible prenatal condition that kids are born with. And when they are, it’s a lifetime of difficulties,” he said. “So I get it. I’m not pretending to you that that’s an easy question you asked me. But I’m prolife. And I’m strongly prolife. I believe all human life should be protected by our law, irrespective of the circumstances or condition of that life.”

Rubio has taken a leadership role in trying to prevent the spread of Zika. He became the first Republican to co-sponsor President Obama’s $1.9 billion Zika-fighting legislation, which was watered down by House Republicans after it passed the Senate. The legislation ultimately failed. Rubio points out that he voted for every Zika bill he could.

The campaign of one of his Democratic Senate opponents, U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy, pointed to that vote and said in a press release Saturday that “Rubio exploited the Zika crisis to attack women’s health funding and Planned Parenthood.”

A staunch pro-life conservative, Rubio’s position on abortion has been consistent in the Florida Legislature, U.S. Senate and the campaign trail. A year ago, for instance, Rubio said on the presidential debate stage that he was opposed to abortion in cases of rape or incest. Murphy’s campaign called that position “extreme and offensive.”

Rubio took issue with the Democrats’ raising Planned Parenthood because, he said, “the words Planned Parenthood don’t appear anywhere in the law.”

Rubio said the bill limited federal Zika money to “community health centers and hospitals, basically Medicare providers… with limited funds, you wanted to ensure those funds were going to facilities in every community in the state. In the end, I voted for laws that don’t have that condition there, either. I just want the money to start flowing.”

Rubio faulted Democrats for not passing the scaled-back legislation.

“The Planned Parenthood angle is something they basically made up to have a political reason not to pass Zika so they can come back in August and campaign on it,“ he said. “That’s what I mean by political volleyball. Both sides have played that game. I would have preferred the House just passed a clean funding bill and I’ll vote for that if it comes out.”

Marco Rubio Wants to Hand Over America’s Nuclear Codes to an ‘Erratic’ ‘Con Artist’

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Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) speaks to the media during a press conference at the Temple Beth El to discuss his commitment to stand with Israel on March 11, 2016 in West Palm Beach, Florida.

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Marco Rubio has called Donald Trump an erratic “con artist” who can’t be trusted with America’s nuclear codes and is “wholly unprepared to be president of the United States.” On Tuesday, Rubio said that he stands by all his stated reservations about his party’s presumptive nominee — but will vote to give the madman access to atomic weapons, nevertheless.

“As I’ve said before, my policy differences and reservations about Donald’s campaign are well-established,” Rubio told the Hudson Institute, a right-wing think tank in D.C. “I’ve said them often, and I stand by those. Those remain, and I hope they’ll be addressed but those remain.”

But later in the day, the Florida senator — who once sold #NeverTrump bumper stickers from his campaign website — told CNN’s Jake Tapper that he stands by his pledge to support the GOP nominee.

“The difference between Speaker Ryan and myself is I ran for president, I signed a pledge,” Rubio told CNN, alluding to Paul Ryan’s decision to withhold an endorsement, pending a meeting with Trump this Thursday. “I said I would support the Republican nominee and that’s what I intend to do.”

Rubio’s tepid endorsement moves him several notches down on Trump’s enemies list. Former Florida governor (and deeply sad presidential candidate) Jeb Bush has said he will not vote for Trump, while Ted Cruz refuses to say what he intends to do in the ballot box this fall. Several other Republican elder statesmen have said they will not be attending the Cleveland convention, including both former presidents Bush and former GOP standard-bearer Mitt Romney. Rubio told Tapper he wasn’t sure whether he would attend, but said that, if he did, it wouldn’t be for Trump’s sake.

“It would be primarily because I’ve gone to the last three conventions, I’m an elected Republican at a national level,” Rubio sad.

On Monday, the Florida senator announced that he has no interest in being Trump’s vice-president and would turn down the position if offered. The Donald replied:

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After failed presidential run, Marco Rubio decides maybe being a senator isn’t so bad after all

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Ha ha ha ha ha ha—oh sweet Jeebus, make it stop.

Two months after he quit the presidential race, as he heads into the twilight of his single term in the chamber, the Florida senator is showing signs that the job that once deeply frustrated him isn’t so bad, after all. Bashed on the campaign trail as a vote-skipping truant, Rubio has become a constant, active presence in the chamber — leaning on fellow Republicans to cough up money to combat the Zika virus and strong-arming the White House in a foreign-policy deal in the past few weeks alone.

Yes, that’s right. After getting his behind handed to him in the Republican presidential race, the ambitious political youngster says that maybe being a sitting United States Senator isn’t so bad after all. Golly, a fellow could get used to this. Especially a fellow who has no other options available, if he’s going to keep himself in the political limelight for long enough to gestate his next presidential run into existence.

Today, Rubio says he is “150 percent” committed to being a senator and, by all appearances, having a great time. So much for the idea that Rubio “hates” his day job, as one alleged friend anonymously described the senator’s attitude last year.

Unfortunately for Marco, however, he thought highly enough of his own presidential bid to forgo running for re-election as a senator this year. He still has time to change his mind about that, though he’s insisting he won’t.

So there is your ambitious would-be Republican savior news story of the day: Failed Republican contender makes sure the press knows he likes his day job after all, and wishes he had more opportunity to help America “get stuff done.”

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Taste the leadership, America. He’s got until January to do everything in his power to convince you that he’s a swell guy and still and up-and-comer, and a man whose phone number you’ll maybe want to write down if this whole Donald Trump thing doesn’t work out. If that means being the most do-something senator in a do-nothing Senate then by gum he’ll dedicate himself to that for … how many working days did the Senate plot out for the rest of the year? Oh, only that many?

Yeah, he’ll be fine. Won’t even break a sweat.

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GOP 2016 race tightens

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THE HILL

Donald Trump remains the front-runner and is poised for a good night on Tuesday, with polls showing him favored to win three of the four GOP contests on tap, in Michigan, Mississippi and Idaho.

Trump has seen his leads narrow over rivals in Michigan, Ohio and Florida, however, making it clear the race for the GOP nomination isn’t over after a weekend in which Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) gained on Trump in total delegates.

“If Trump comes first in Michigan, then the weekend was a detour,” former Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) told The Hill in a phone interview. “But if you’ve got the same late deciders working against him, and Kasich comes in first [in Michigan] … then you’re in a different game.”

In Michigan, the biggest prize on Tuesday, Ohio Gov. John Kasich is making a late charge.

Trump’s lead was down to 13 points in a poll released Monday by Monmouth University that found the businessman getting 36 percent support compared to 23 percent for Cruz and 21 percent for Kasich.

The final two days of polling found Trump winning 32 percent, compared to 26 percent for Kasich and 25 percent for Cruz.

In Ohio, a survey by the left-leaning Public Policy Polling showed Trump leading Kasich by just 3 percentage points ahead of the March 15 winner-take-all primary.

And in Florida, Trump saw his lead over Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) narrow to just 8 percentage points, 38 percent to 30 percent, in a Monmouth poll. Trump held 20-point leads in polls just last month in the Sunshine State, which hosts its own winner-take-all primary on March 15.

Trump maintains a lead of nearly 100 delegates over Cruz but has been the target of millions of dollars in attack ads amid an accelerating last-ditch campaign by the Republican donor class to destroy him before he can win Ohio and Florida.

Those sharpening attacks, coupled with a trend of late-deciding voters breaking against the billionaire — late-deciders in Louisiana over the weekend almost handed Cruz an upset victory — suggests Trump’s path to the nomination is narrower than it once was.

Cruz won caucuses in Kansas and Maine, and was only narrowly defeated by Trump in Louisiana’s primary and Kentucky’s caucuses. Cruz now has 300 delegates compared to Trump’s 384.

Senior Republicans caution that it’s too early to say that Trump’s trajectory has changed after the weekend’s results, but the situation will clear to a large extent over the coming week.

“A lot depends on next week,” Gingrich added. “If Kasich wins Ohio and Rubio wins Florida, we are almost certainly going towards a contested convention.”

A candidate needs to win 1,237 delegates to clinch the GOP nomination ahead of the party’s national convention in July.

Trump could still get to that number but would have a much tougher time if he loses Ohio and Florida.

And victories by Kasich and Rubio would likely keep them in the race as it heads to a winner-take-all contest in Arizona on March 22.

If no candidate wins 1,237 delegates, the race goes to the convention and a series of ballots.

Veteran Republican strategist Charlie Black believes the recent and belated wave of attack ads against Trump might be driving down the billionaire’s numbers. The anti-Trump carpet-bombing — led by groups such as the Club for Growth, Our Principles PAC, the pro-Rubio super-PAC Conservative Solutions and the nonprofit American Future Fund — is now happening in several states across the country and most intensely in Florida’s expensive media markets. The attacks will only intensify leading into next Tuesday.

Billionaire GOP mega-donors such as New York hedge fund magnate Paul Singer and the Ricketts family, which owns the Chicago Cubs baseball team, are driving these anti-Trump efforts, and new money is pouring in daily, sources close to the super-PACs have told The Hill.

The central question, says Republican strategist Ron Bonjean, is “will the millions of dollars of [anti-Trump] advertising actually make a dent with the angry white voter?”

GOP strategists interviewed for this story agreed that if the billionaire wins Tuesday’s Michigan primary and reasserts his dominance over the field, the weekend’s losses to Cruz will be seen as insignificant.

But if current polling momentum continues in Florida and Ohio, Trump could be in serious trouble.

“I think Trump is hitting a little bit of a speed bump,” Republican strategist Ford O’Connell said in a telephone interview with The Hill on Monday.

“It’s not devastating, and it can be fixed, but he’s got to go out there and put up some W’s in Florida, Michigan and Ohio.”

“He’s losing steam, but he’s still the person who as of today is most likely to go to Cleveland with the most delegates” but not necessarily 1,237, added O’Connell, who worked on John McCain’s 2008 presidential campaign but remains neutral in the current race.

The Monmouth poll suggests Trump remains a favorite to win Florida.

Rubio leads the front-runner among the nearly 1 in 5 voters who have already cast their ballots, 48 percent to 23 percent. Trump leads among those who haven’t voted yet, however, 42 percent to 26 percent.

In a hypothetical head-to-head vote between Trump and Rubio in the state, Trump still edges Rubio, taking 47 percent of the vote to Rubio’s 45 percent, according to the poll.

The poll was conducted by phone from March 3 to 6 among 403 Florida residents likely to vote in the Republican presidential primary. There is a margin of error of 4.9 points.

More Bad News for Marco Rubio: He Just Lost the Support of Fox News

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In his role as the donor class’s darling, Marco Rubio has enjoyed support from the Republicans’ media arm, Fox News. Throughout the primary, Fox provided Rubio with friendly interviews and key bookings, including the first prime-time response to Barack Obama’s Oval Office address on ISIS. Many of the network’s top pundits, including Stephen Hayes and Charles Krauthammer, have been enthusiastic boosters. Bill Sammon, Fox’s Washington managing editor, is the father of Rubio’s communications director, Brooke Sammon.

But this alliance now seems to be over. According to three Fox sources, Fox chief Roger Ailes has told people he’s lost confidence in Rubio’s ability to win. “We’re finished with Rubio,” Ailes recently told a Fox host. “We can’t do the Rubio thing anymore.”

Ailes was already concerned about Rubio’s lackluster performance in GOP primaries and caucuses, winning only one contest among the 15 that have been held. But the more proximate cause for the flip was an embarrassing New York Times article revealing that Rubio and Ailes had a secret dinner meeting in 2013 during which the Florida senator successfully lobbied the Fox News chief to throw his support behind the “Gang of 8” comprehensive immigration-reform bill. “Roger hates seeing his name in print,” a longtime Ailes associate told me. “He was appalled the dinner was reported,” the source said.

Already, there are on-air signs that Fox’s attitude toward Rubio has cooled. This morning, anchor Martha MacCallum grilled Rubio about his poor Super Tuesday performance. “Is that a viable excuse at this point?” she asked, when he tried spinning his second-place finish in Virginia.

Fox’s corporate support of Rubio has also been a growing source of tension with the network’s more conservative talent. Sean Hannity was furious that the Times article reported how he went along with Rubio’s immigration proposal. During an interview with Trump on Monday, Hannity barely defended Fox while Trump trashed Rubio backers like Hayes. “He shouldn’t be on the air,” Trump said. The best Hannity could muster was to change the subject. “Have you ever watched MSNBC?” he said. “They suck.”

Ailes is now back to searching for a candidate the channel can rally behind. “He’s thinking, What do we do about the whole damn thing?” one of the news executive’s friends said.

Fox News spokesperson Irena Briganti did not return a call for comment.

How targeted GOP senators will try to deal with Trump

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THE HILL

Senate Republicans facing tough reelection races are scrambling to come up with new game plans now that Donald Trump is the likely Republican presidential nominee.

The Trump phenomenon has stunned GOP insiders, many of who believed the real estate mogul would fade as the race went on. With control of the Senate up for grabs this fall, Democrats are relishing the chance to tie Trump to targeted Republicans.

Establishment Republicans, meanwhile, are very worried.

Sen. John Cornyn (Texas), the No. 2 Republican in the upper chamber, told CNN on Monday, “We can’t have a nominee be an albatross around the down-ballot races. That’s a concern of mine.”

Cornyn is a former head of the party’s Senate campaign operation, the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC).

Vulnerable GOP incumbents are distancing themselves from the latest political uproar surrounding Trump: his refusal on Sunday to disavow Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke on CNN’s “State of the Union.” Trump blamed the episode on a faulty earpiece, but endangered Senate Republicans don’t appear to be giving him the benefit of the doubt.

Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), who is trailing in the polls to former Sen. Russ Feingold (D-Wis.), said on the Charlie Sykes radio show Monday that he’s praying for a nominee who will set a more inclusive tone on the campaign trail.

“I go to bed every night praying that our nominee is a person of integrity, intelligence, ideas and courage,” Johnson said. “This nation hungers for someone who can lead this nation, not be divisive.

“That’s all I can say, Charlie. I’m praying for such a leader,” he added.

Trump further alarmed Senate Republican candidates by reposting on Twitter a quote from Italian fascist dictator Benito Mussolini: “It is better to live one day as a lion than 100 years as a sheep.”

Sen. Pat Toomey (Pa.), another Republican facing a tough reelection, condemned Trump’s remarks.

“Trump comments on KKK/Mussolini appalling,” he tweeted, also urging followers to vote for Sen.Marco Rubio (Fla.) in the presidential primary.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) urged vulnerable colleagues at a lunch last week to contrast themselves with Trump when necessary.

The New York Times reported over the weekend that McConnell advised incumbents to be ready to run negative ads against Trump to create political distance.

Late last year in a memo that was leaked to The Washington Post, the NRSC called on GOP candidates to embrace Trump’s anti-Washington agenda while disavowing his controversial comments.

Republican campaign strategists, however, are warning the incumbents to walk a fine line.

“A Senate candidate or even a House candidate has to disavow issues or statements that they find most offensive as they come up. But they also have to find a reason to like our Republican presidential nominee so they don’t offend Donald Trump’s supporters,” said Patrick Davis, a former NRSC political director.

Most Democrats in the nation’s capital believed former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush or Sen. Marco Rubio (Fla.) would win the GOP nomination. Now that Trump is well-positioned to be the party’s standard-bearer, Democrats are champing at the bit.

“Senators who already faced daunting reelection chances in November will now have an even harder time re-writing their records and distancing themselves from Trump, who they’ve all promised to support anyway should he win the nomination. Voters in Senate battleground states all around the country will soundly reject Trump, his policies and his down-ballot colleagues in November,” the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee announced Monday.

Some GOP strategists argue that Trump atop the ticket would not be bad for Senate campaigns. He could help some Senate incumbents attract blue-collar swing voters — the so-called Reagan Democrats — in industrial regions of Illinois, Ohio and Pennsylvania. Senate Republicans are up for reelection in all three states.

A Quinnipiac poll released last week showed Trump beating Hillary Clinton, the likely Democratic nominee, in Ohio, 44 percent to 42 percent.

A survey by Public Policy Polling, a Democratic-leaning firm, shows Trump leading Clinton by 2 points in Florida, another Senate battleground.

Senate Republican strategists say they are preparing action plans for the various voter turnout models associated with each leading Republican presidential candidate.

Trump, they believe, might give white working-class voters anxious about their economic futures reason to vote Republican.

Over the summer, Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.), one of the chamber’s most threatened incumbents, advised Trump to “shut up” after he said most illegal immigrants crossing the border from Mexico are brining crime to the U.S.

In December, he called Trump’s proposed ban on Muslims “anathema to American values.”

But by and large, Senate Republican candidates have avoided openly slamming Trump.

Mostly, they have adopted a strategy of doing their best to ignore him and only speak out against him when he says something inescapably outrageous.

They want to disagree with Trump firmly but politely when necessary without picking a fight with the pugnacious front-runner. Johnson did just that in December, when Trump proposed barring Muslims from entering the country.

His campaign issued a statement that “we don’t need a religious test to fix our immigration problems” but stopped far short of condemning what Feingold called Trump’s “hateful and prejudicial words.”

Johnson focused on the issue instead of the Trump-sparked media controversy by pushing legislation to strengthen vetting requirements for Syrian refugees and another bill making it more difficult to qualify for the visa waiver program.

“There’s no question that the top of the ticket will impact races. What you’re going to see is individual senators looking for opportunities to separate themselves from not just the top of the ticket but from the larger political environment and focus on issues in their state,” said Brian Walsh, a GOP strategist and a former NRSC aide.

That’s exactly what Sens. Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.) and Rob Portman (R-Ohio) are doing.

Portman is the lead Republican author of legislation on the floor this week addressing opioid abuse, a major problem in both Ohio and New Hampshire.

Portman’s campaign has knocked on 1.3 million doors in the Buckeye State and has targeted independent swing voters and Democrats. One of his main talking points is to note the more than 40 bipartisan bills he’s helped pass into law under President Obama.

Ayotte has urged the head of the Food and Drug Administration to take a more aggressive approach to prescription drug abuse.

On Monday she released her first television ad, a biographical spot featuring her daughter Kate touting her role as a problem solver who “helps make laws that help people, especially when they need it most.”

Trump recently won the GOP primary in Ayotte’s state by nearly 20 points.

During an interview with The Hill last fall, Trump predicted he would have coattails should he win the nomination: “I think they’d do better. Look at my level of popularity.”

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Trump questions Rubio’s eligibility

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I’m not a Rubio fan by any stretch of the imagination but can Donald Trump get any more xenophobic?

First he went after Mexicans then Muslims and more Hispanics.  Now he’s focused in on Cruz and Rubio.  Yet he says he “knows nothing about whites supremacist groups” who support him.

If it looks like a duck, swims like a duck, and quacks like a duck, then it probably is a duck .  (ks)

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He has repeatedly done the same with Ted Cruz.

Donald Trump is now raising questions about Marco Rubio’s ability to legally run for president.

On Saturday, Trump retweeted a tweet that suggested the Florida senator is not a citizen. George Stephanopoulos asked him about it on ABC’s “This Week” Sunday morning.

Rubio was born in Florida on May 28, 1971. His parents had come to the United States from Cuba in the 1950s. Trump retweeted a tweet on Saturday that suggested both Rubio and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz are ineligible to be president.

There is a lawsuit pending in Broward County, Florida, challenging the eligibility of both Cruz and Rubio — Cruz because of where he was born, Rubio because of where his parents were born. An initial hearing on Michael Voeltz’s suit is to be held March 4 in front of Judge John Bowman.

“I think the lawyers have to determine that that — and not— it was a retweet, not so much with Marco. I’m not really that familiar with Marco’s circumstances,” Trump said Sunday.

“But then why retweet it?” Stephanopoulos asked.

“Because I’m not sure. I mean, let people make their own determination. I know Ted is being now — I think he’s being sued by somebody having nothing to do with me, by the way,” Trump said.

“You’re really not sure that Marco Rubio is eligible to run for president? You’re really not sure?” Stephanopoulos asked.

“I don’t know. I really — I’ve never looked at it, George. I honestly have never looked at it. As somebody said, he’s not. And I retweeted it. I have 14 million people between Twitter and Facebook and Instagram and I retweet things, and we start dialogue and it’s very interesting,” Trump said.

The billionaire has threatened to sue Cruz over his eligibility to run for president. Cruz, who was born in Canada to a mother who was an American citizen, has welcomed it.

Later on “This Week,” Rubio brushed off Trump’s claims.

“Look, this is a pattern. This is a game he plays. He says something that’s edgy and outrageous and then the media flocks and covers that and then no one else can get any coverage on anything else,” Rubio said. “And that worked when there were 15 people running for president. It’s not going to work anymore.

“I’m going to spend zero time on his interpretation of the Constitution with regards to eligibility.”

Cruz Campaign Forges Photo Of Rubio And Obama Shaking Hands

Cruz Campaign Forges Photo Of Rubio And Obama Shaking Hands

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Ted Cruz’s campaign has found a way to connect his lead (non-Trump) rival Marco Rubio to President Obama: Photoshop.

Rubio’s campaign cried foul Thursday morning, at the discovery that a Cruz campaign site set up to attack Rubio, “The REAL Rubio Record,” contained a doctored photo appearing to show a beaming Rubio and Obama shaking hands, with the Capitol Dome in the background. The site calls out Rubio’s vote for authorizing President Obama to negotiate free trade deals such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership — dubbing it “The Rubio-Obama Trade Pact.” (A notable example of right-wing fever against Obama is that even free trade can become a diabolical socialist plot, when it’s Barack Obama who is pushing for it.)

“They photoshopped Marco’s face onto somebody else,” Rubio senior strategist Todd Harris told reporters. “This is how phony and deceitful the Cruz campaign has become.”

At first the Cruz campaign denied that any forgery had taken place, reported Teddy Schleifer of CNN:

But then a funny thing happened: Conservative news site The Daily Caller found the original stock photo — a piece of clipart onto which Obama’s and Rubio’s smiling faces had been superimposed:

So what now, after the Cruz campaign has been caught not only forging photos, but having lied when they denied doing it? Well, they sound completely unrepentant.

“If Rubio has a better picture of him shaking hands with Barack Obama I’m happy to swap it out,” Cruz spokesman Rick Tylerresponded back to CNN. “Two days before [the] presidential primary in South Carolina, they want to talk about a picture we used.”

NBC host rips Rubio for obstructing Scalia replacement: ‘Do presidential terms end after three years?’

NBC's Chuck Todd speaks to Marco Rubio (screen grab)

NBC’s Chuck Todd speaks to Marco Rubio (screen grab)

THE RAW STORY

Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio argued on Sunday that Barack Obama should not be able to replace Justice Antonin Scalia in his last year in office because he was a second term president with only a “few months” left.

Appearing on at least five Sunday morning shows after the unexpected death of Justice Scalia, Rubio asserted that the voters should be able to weigh in before someone was nominated.

“Within the last year of the last few months of the president’s term, we should not be appointing Supreme Court justices,” Rubio insisted to ABC’s George Stephanopoulos. “In the last year of a president’s term, in his second term especially, there should not be Supreme Court nominees put into lifetime positions for a president that you’re not going to hold accountable at the ballot box.”

On Meet the Press, Rubio again insisted that there should be no nominations from a “president nearing the last few months of his administration.”

“Do presidential terms end after three years?” NBC host Chuck Todd shot back at the candidate.

“There comes a point in the last year of the president, especially in their second term, where you stop nominating,” Rubio said. “You basically say, at this point, with a few months left in your term, no accountability from the ballot box on the appointment you’re going to make — on a lifetime appointment.”

“Eleven months!” Todd interrupted.

Fox News host Chris Wallace asked Rubio if he believed no president should be able to make second term Supreme Court appointments.

“I’m not saying it’s illegal,” Rubio replied. “I think we should wait until after November before we move forward on confirming any justice to the Supreme Court.”

Wallace reminded Rubio that President Ronald Reagan appointed Anthony Kennedy to the Supreme Court in his final year in office.

“It doesn’t really matter what Reagan did back in ’87,” Rubio opined. “I think the president should allow the next president to appoint the justice to the Supreme Court, and if it’s me — and I anticipate that it will be — I’m going to look for someone in the mold of Justice Scalia, who while irreplaceable, I think is a model jurist and one of the great jurists in American history.”

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