Marco Rubio packed a number of memorable lines into his response to a question about his mediocre polling. When Fox News’s Bret Baier asked how he had gone from being — in the words of Time Magazine – ”The Republican Savior” to trailing Donald Trump in Florida by 24 points, Rubio quickly clarified, “Well, let me be clear about one thing; there’s only one savior and it’s not me.”
Rubio went on to say Bernie Sanders would be a good president — of Sweden — and predicted Hillary Clinton’s first act as president would be pardoning herself.
Here’s the full exchange:
BAIER: Now let’s talk about electability, senator. Time Magazine once called you ‘the Republican savior.’ Rush Limbaugh and others said you likely will be president someday. But if you look at the recent average of polls in your home state of Florida, you’re in third trailing Donald Trump by 24 points. If the people who know you best have you there, why should the rest of the country elect you?
RUBIO: Well, let me be clear about one thing. There’s only one savior and it’s not me. It’s Jesus Christ who came down to Earth and died for our sins and so I’ve always made that clear about that cover story. As far as the polls are concerned, Iowa, on Monday night you’re going to go to a caucus site and you’ll be the first Americans that vote in this election. You will be the first Americans that get to an fundamental question, What comes next for this country after seven disastrous years of Barack Obama? Let me tell you what the answer better not be: It better not be Bernie Sanders. Bernie Sanders is a socialist. I think Bernie Sanders is good candidate for president — of Sweden. We don’t want to be Sweden. We want to be the United States of America. And Hillary Clinton, Hillary Clinton is disqualified from being the commander in chief of the United States. In fact, one of her first acts as president may very well be to pardon herself because Hillary Clinton, Hillary Clinton stored classified information on her private server and Hillary Clinton lied to the families of those four brave Americans who lost their life in Benghazi, and anyone who lies to the families of Americans who have died in the service of this country can never be commander in chief of the United States.