Front-run­ner gets in­sults, in­vi­ta­tions

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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

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