Florida Sen. Marco Rubio has claimed he would still be president if he lost the state’s popular vote to President Donald Trump, even if Trump had not won the popular election.
In a Sunday interview with ABC’s “This Week,” Rubio said he doesn’t believe the president’s claim, which he made in a speech at a Florida rally last month.
“Well, it would have been very, very difficult for me to win in Florida,” Rubio told ABC’s Martha Raddatz on Sunday.
“I mean, we were one of the states that lost the presidential election, I mean, that’s a very big, big state, so I mean I think we were losing in the presidential race.”
Rubio has repeatedly criticized Trump for making false and misleading claims about the popular votes in Florida and has called for an independent investigation into Trump’s claims.
“It’s very important to understand that there’s a big difference between the votes that are cast and the votes counted in Florida.
So if we were talking about the votes in New Hampshire, or Ohio, or Iowa, or Michigan, I think the difference would be very, much smaller,” Rubio continued.
Rubio also defended his efforts to bring about an investigation into the president, saying the investigation will not be “trivial” and that he has no intention of doing anything more than “let’s get to the bottom of it.”
“I think it’s a question of when and if we go to investigate, we go through a process, I guess we call it a process of discovery, we are going to be doing that.
So I don´t see how we can go back and start over. And I donít see why we should, frankly,” Rubio added.