- Marco Rubio participated in a debate for his Senate seat Monday night
- The Florida freshman said Trump should stop making the ‘rigged election’ claim
“This election is not being rigged,” Rubio said Monday during a debate with his Democratic senatorial challenger Rep. Patrick Murphy. “There is no evidence behind any of this, so this should not continue to be said.”
“We have 67 counties in this state, each of which conduct their own elections. I promise you there is not a 67-county conspiracy to rig this election,” Rubio added.
With the comments, Rubio joined a growing chorus of Republican lawmakers and officials who have rejected Trump’s “rigged” claims, even as the nominee himself has continued to make the charge of large-scale vote fraud, without any evidence to back up his claims.
The Senate debate ended up focusing as much on the candidates running for president as it did on the candidates onstage. Both Rubio and Murphy repeatedly attacked each other’s judgment, pointing to their support for their respective party’s nominee.
“I don’t understand how Sen. Rubio can look himself in the mirror and still stand by Donald Trump’s side after everything that’s come out about him,” Murphy charged.
Rubio fired back, “When (Clinton’s) been caught doing all these things, he has not once condemned her, not once pointed a finger at her, and has not once broken with her on any of her behaviors or quite frankly on any of her major policies.”
After being asked if he’d serve out a full six-year senate term — which would mean he wouldn’t run for the White House in 2020 — Rubio said, “I will serve a full six-year term in the Senate, God willing.”