“If you have a debate where everyone’s going after each other, then people say they don’t like it,” Marco Rubio said. | Getty
Debates are not entertainment, Marco Rubio said Friday in assessing his performance and the overall subdued tenor of the previous night’s Miami face-off.
Appearing on “Fox and Friends” Friday morning after the event, the Florida senator was asked if he missed his shot to go after Donald Trump on the issues. “Well I think that actually did happen, on policy issue after policy issue,” Rubio said. “For example, when I had the opportunity, I tried to explain why Donald’s answer on an issue was not a right approach, but there’s no winning here, right?”
“If you have a debate where everyone’s going after each other, then people say they don’t like it,” Rubio said. “If you have a debate where we’re debating issues then people say, ‘Oh, it’s too boring.’ The bottom line is this is not a sport and this is not entertainment. Debates are not about entertaining people; they’re about informing people.”
Rubio called the hometown debate a “great experience,” remarking that he “looked forward to the next one” in Salt Lake City on March 21, six days after a Tuesday primary that could prove to be a make-or-break moment for his campaign.
Rubio, who has guaranteed a win in his home state, has trailed Donald Trump in every recent Florida poll.