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Rubio responds to Reid's insult; says he would attend gay wedding

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Rubio in an appearance on “Fox & Friends” Thursday.

In an interview that aired on CNBC Wednesday, outgoing Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid was asked to assess the field of current and potential candidates for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination.

“I think they’re all losers,” the 75-year-old Nevada Democrat said.

On Thursday, one of those “losers” — Florida Sen. Marco Rubio — responded by taking the high road … sort of.

“The worst thing we can do is talk about it,” Rubio said on “Fox & Friends.” “That’s what he wants.”

The first-term senator lamented the current state of partisan debate in Washington.


“There used to be a line of civility in American politics,” Rubio said. “It’s particularly problematic on the left. They never argue with you about ideas. Their instant reaction is to attack you personally. I’m not saying people on the right don’t do it. It happens. But it’s so much more common on the left.”

On Wednesday, Rubio made headlines for his comments on gay marriage, saying he would attend the wedding of a same-sex couple despite his personal belief that a marriage should be between a man and a woman.

“If it’s somebody in my life that I care for, of course I would,” the 43-year-old Miami native said in an interview with Fusion’s Jorge Ramos. “I’m not going to hurt them simply because I disagree with a choice they’ve made or because I disagree with a decision they’ve made, or whatever it may be. Ultimately, if someone that you care for and is part of your family has decided to move in one direction or another or feels that way because of who they love, you respect that because you love them.”

Meanwhile, it’s been a lucrative week for the early GOP entrants.

According to the Associated Press, Rubio raised $1.25 million online during his first full day as a presidential candidate. That puts Rubio on par with Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, who each raised $1 million online within a day of announcing their respective 2016 campaigns.

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