Florida Sen. Marco Rubio says he bought a gun on Christmas Eve to protect his family from Islamic State militants.
“I have a right to protect my family,” Rubio said in an interview on CBS’s “Face the Nation” on Sunday. “I have a right to protect my family if someone were to come after us. In fact, if ISIS were to visit us or our communities at any moment, the last line of defense between ISIS and my family is the ability I have to protect my family from them or from a criminal or anyone else who seeks to do us harm. Millions of Americans feel that way.”
In recent weeks, Rubio has been campaigning hard on the Second Amendment issue.
“The Second Amendment is not a suggestion,” Rubio said at last week’s Republican presidential debate. “It is a right.”
The Florida senator’s campaign wasted no time in trying to capitalize on his gun-liner.
— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio)January 15, 2016
During last week’s debate, Rubio took aim at Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, accusing his GOP rival of flip-flopping on a variety of issues, including immigration, trade, defense — even crop insurance.
On Sunday, Rubio found another: Cruz’s critique of Republican frontrunner Donald Trump’s “New York values.”
“He raises money in New York and then criticizes New York values,” Rubio said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” “He didn’t say that when he was there raising money. He says that in one state and then said something different in another. And time and again, it’s proven the sort of level of political calculation that voters are only starting to find out about now as the campaign gets deeper and more heated.”