Front-runner gets insults, invitations
Club, where he likened Mr. Trump to a clown who is unfit to serve as president.
He made national news and caught the attention of Mr. Trump, who tweeted: “Bobby Jindal did not make the debate stage and therefore I have never met him. … I only respond to people that register more than 1% in the polls. I never thought he had a chance and I’ve been proven right.”
Mr. Rubio has steered clear of Mr. Trump, playing what some consultants call the long game. He is not engaging in the Trump media frenzy by answering loaded questions on President Obama’s faith or citizenship.
Mr. Rubio told ABC’s “This Week” on Sunday that he is tired of talking about unimportant issues, such as whether Mr. Obama is an American citizen.
He did take the time on the show, however, to criticize Mr. Trump’s proposed policy for Russia. It is an issue Mr. Rubio handled deftly during last week’s debate and one that contrasts him with the front-runner in a substantive way.
“It sounds like [Mr. Trump] thinks if we just have someone who gets along with Putin personally, things are going to work out better,” Mr. Rubio said on the news program. “It sounds a lot like the reset with Russia that the president tried to do. I guess he’s advocating for a reset with Putin.”
But nonengagement is not an option