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Marco Rubio stumps for votes in Macomb County, rails against "con artist" Trump

Mar 2, 2016

Credit Sarah Cwiek / Michigan Radio

The presidential candidates campaigning in Michigan Wednesday included Republican Marco Rubio, who made a stop at a Macomb County banquet hall.

The Florida Senator accused Republican front-runner Donald Trump of pulling an “elaborate con job” on voters.

He says this is no time to elect someone who “thinks the nuclear triad is a rock band from the eighties.”

“The world is a dangerous place. This is no time for irresponsibility or recklessness,” said Rubio, promising a “Reagan-style re-building of our military” if he’s elected.

Though he’s an ardent free trade supporter, Rubio said he understands how “changes in our economy” have hit blue-collar Americans hard.

“The jobs that used to sustain our working class, some of these jobs are being replaced by machines. Or being sent to other countries. Or they just don’t pay enough anymore,” he said.

But Rubio accused Trump of exploiting working-class fear and anger to fuel his campaign, which he called “the most elaborate con job in the history of American politics.”

Presenting himself as a true conservative that Republicans can rally around, Rubio said if elected he would void all of President Obama’s executive orders, as well as the Iran nuclear deal.