Rubio says Trump is offensive, but he’s still backing him

Marco Rubio, AP file photo

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) – Republican Sen. Marco Rubio says he’s still backing presidential nominee Donald Trump even though he finds him offensive.

Rubio’s campaign issued a statement Tuesday, four days after the release of a video in which Trump is heard making lewd, sexually charged comments about women.

Rubio says he has consistently rejected Trump’s “offensive rhetoric and behavior,” and disagrees with him on many policy issues, but he disagrees with Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton “on virtually everything.”

Campaign spokeswoman Olivia Perez-Cubas said Rubio will not appear at any Trump campaign events.

Rubio, seeking a second term, faces Democratic U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy. Murphy has criticized Rubio for staying silent on Trump since the video’s release.

Rubio will appear at a state GOP event Saturday, where vice presidential nominee Mike Pence is also speaking. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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