OKATIE, S.C. — Marco Rubio stopped at a Cracker Barrel restaurant here Thursday for a late-morning breakfast with reporters, where he argued that it is “tough to debate” Donald Trump on policy.
The senator of Florida and Republican presidential hopeful, who ordered blueberry pancakes with extra blueberry syrup, had just come from a town hall meeting where he attacked Trump for a crude remark he made at a recent rally, which he called “profanity.”
“It's tough to debate with him on policy. He doesn't really have any policy proposals,” Rubio said at the breakfast question-and-answer session with the news media.
Rubio's wife, Jeanette, joined the discussion, and his children sat at a nearby table. Rubio’s family has been following him along on the campaign trail for the past couple of weeks, and his children have been keeping up with their school work from afar, he said.
Rubio said he cracked a molar after biting into a Twix candy bar on a flight the previous day and was instructed by his dentist to eat soft foods. So, pancakes. At a restaurant that aides say is a personal favorite.
The White House hopeful was asked about Ohio Gov. John Kasich, who finished in second in New Hampshire on Tuesday and beat Rubio, who finished in a disappointing fifth.) Rubio has seemed reluctant to attack Kasich in recent days, even as he has criticized other opponents. But pressed on his rival this time, Rubio took on the governor’s decision to expand Medicaid on his home state. It was a “bad decision,” he said.
Rubio said he didn’t know whether the nomination fight would go all the way to the Republican convention, but he said that it would not necessarily be a bad thing for the party if it does.
“We’re prepared to go until the delegates are decided,” Rubio said.