Marco Rubio, needing a breakout performance going into Tuesday’s Florida primary, changed tactics and used substance during Thursday night’s GOP debate to attack Donald Trump on his defense of his “Islam hates us” remarks, Trump’s suggestion he’d do a deal with the Palestinians and his vow that he wouldn’t touch Social Security — despite warnings it would start running out of money in two decades.
One of the most pointed clashes came over the diplomatic thaw with Cuba – a huge issue in Florida, host of the debate and next week’s critical primary. Trump tangled with his rivals as he claimed he’s “in the middle” on the issue.
Trump said “something” should take place after a decades-long freeze, but, “I want to get a much better deal.”
“Here’s a good deal,” Florida Sen. Rubio snapped back. “Cuba has free elections. Cuba stops putting people in jail.”