In a televised debate in Miami, Republican Marco Rubio attacked rival Donald Trump for hating America.
Marco Rubio, who faces a “do or die” race in Florida on March 15, said Islam has a problem with radicalization, but said many Muslims are proud Americans.
“Presidents can’t just say what they want. This has consequences, “ he said to greet the audience.
The four Republicans listened to party leaders’ pleas for a civil debate.
Unlike the last TV event, which was littered with personal insults, it was more substantial with a focus on politics.
“For now, I can’t believe how civil it was up here.” Donald Trump watched at one point.
However, there was a clear distance between Donald Trump and others on the issue of Islam. The billionaire backed the comments he made earlier in the day when he said that “Islam hates us, there is great hatred” and opposed political correctness.
Marco Rubio said: “I am not interested in political correctness. I’m interested in being fair. ”
All three of Donald Trump’s rivals distanced themselves from Trump’s statement in December that “you must bring their families out” in the fight against terrorism.
“We have never targeted innocent civilians and we will not start now.” said Ted Cruz.
When Donald Trump was challenged about the legitimacy of targeting civilians, he said America should be able to fight “on an equal footing.”
“We have to obey the laws, but we have to expand them.” he said.
On March 15, five major states will vote for a presidential candidate in each party, with Ohio Governor John Kasic and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio under pressure to win their home countries.
Donald Trump took key approval from Ben Carson, who dropped out of the race last week before the debate.
The candidates also clashed over President Barack Obama’s historic visit to Cuba next week.
Marco Rubio, whose parents are Cuban immigrants, said he opposed opposition to rebuilding relations until Cuba improved its human rights record.
However, Donald Trump said he was not against the deal between the United States and Cuba, but should be in better conditions for the United States.
Another Cuban-American candidate on the scene, Ted Cruz, accused Donald Trump of backing Obama-Clinton’s policy toward Cuba.