Marco Rubio, the Republican presidential hopeful, has made attack comments against Donald Trump for his earlier sayings that Islam does not love America during a televised US election Miami debate.
Mr. Rubio said that Islam does not hate America and that the religion only faces radicalization. He further added that Muslims are proud of Americans.
He got cheers from the audience as he said that there are consequences for each and everything that presidents say.
This debate was a different one compared to the last one that was full of personal insults. It was focused on policy.
“So far, I cannot believe how civil it’s been up here,” Mr. Trump observed at one point.
The issue of Islam widely set Trump apart from the other four Republican presidential hopefuls. Trump stood by his earlier statements that Islam is against America and that there was tremendous hatred. He tried to maintain being politically correct.
But Rubio said that it was not in his interest to be politically correct. What he wants is to be correct.
BBC’s Anthony Zurcher analyses the debate and says that the other candidates may be out of ideas on how they can stop Donald Trump in his bid to be nominated.
At the start of the debates, the other candidates did not take the billionaire serious hoping that eventually he would self-destruct.
The wins that Trump has had in many states and particularly during the Super Tuesday have made it clear that he holds a lot of ground in the race.
The race is yet to come to an end but the way things turned out during the show that happened on Thursday may be a foresight of what to expect.
The three candidates set them apart from the statement that Trump made in Dec last year that fighting terrorism would entail “taking their families out.”
Ben Carson dropped out of the race last week and has so far endorsed Donald Trump.