Trump praises Bible and Christmas, but gets boos for insulting Rubio

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Bible-toting Trump defends Christmas, slams Rubio.

WASHINGTON – Republican front runner Donald Trump brought his childhood Bible and his stump speech to a conservative Christian summit in Washington on Friday, where he sought to assure attendees that he is a faithful Christian who will fight for religious freedom if elected president. At the Values Voter Summit, a gathering of social conservatives in Washington DC, Trump received an angry response after calling his fellow Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio “a clown”.When the unexpected news came out this morning that Boehner would step down from the position he’s held for the last four years at the end of October, Cruz didn’t hold back. Trump said progressives are fighting to eliminate Christmas and stores these days are erecting “Happy Holiday” displays rather than Christmas ones. Trump has criticized Rubio for missing votes in the Senate, and the Florida senator went after Trump as a “touchy and insecure guy” who “can’t have more than a 10-second soundbite on any key issue”.

After the booing, Trump tried to attack Rubio for his support of a comprehensive immigration package two years ago, saying there was “nobody weaker” on immigration. Under Rubio’s proposal, businesses that provide at least four weeks of paid family leave would be given a 25% tax credit. “But it will help ensure that our people don’t have to sit behind a desk while the most profound moments of their lives pass them by. I think it’s time for him, it’s probably time for the party, it’s time for everybody.” Trump has cast himself as a conservative and is increasingly looking to connect with evangelicals and social conservatives to regain momentum in the 2016 Republican contest. The billionaire businessman seized on news that House Speaker John Boehner is resigning next month and said the shift will bring about an “interesting period” for the country. The Republican frontrunner, who told reporters that Rubio was “a baby” before speaking, also attacked the Florida senator’s past support for immigration reform.

Trump suggested that Boehner and other members of the Republican establishment in Congress don’t have the courage to stand up and fight for what they want — regardless of whether it causes a government shutdown, something Trump said Americans would blame on President Obama, not on Republican lawmakers. Trump said of Rubio: “Really, talk about weak on immigration – nobody’s weaker.” Trump said of the Florida senator: “And he hits me, sometimes the Republicans do it more than anybody because they want to get into the publicity side and all your doing is hurting yourself. Rubio noted that Hillary Clinton, the front-runner for the Democratic nomination and former secretary of state, has offered misguided big government solutions to the problem. Rubio says Clinton’s approach is wrong because it would “place crippling requirements on private companies” instead of “creatively applying our free-enterprise principles.” Federal law allows workers to take up to 12 weeks of unpaid time off without losing their jobs to care for a new child, recover from illness or care for a sick family member. (TM and © Copyright 2015 CBS Radio Inc. and its relevant subsidiaries.

In what has become classic Trump, he ticked off poll numbers that showed him leading the GOP presidential field, bragged about his “tremendous” wealth that allows him to self-finance his campaign and touted his negotiation expertise — as chronicled in his best-selling book, The Art of the Deal. And he’s obviously not a very hard worker,” Trump said in the hallways of the event, adding, “You know, when you get elected as a senator you have to show up and you have to be there and you have to vote and Rubio doesn’t vote.” Pressed if he was going after Rubio because he viewed him as a threat, Trump, who leads in the polls, started to answer, “No, I don’t think he’s a –” before cutting himself off. According to another reporter, after Marco Rubio told the summit’s crowd that Boehner was resigning, the audience burst into cheers and a standing ovation. Rubio routinely mentions the struggles of middle- and working-class families while on the campaign trail, where he has quietly pitched his candidacy as a means of restoring the American Dream.

He slammed the Iran deal, Common Core education standards and mismanagement at the Department of Veterans Affairs, while promising he would build a wall to stop illegal immigration across the U.S. Many Republicans believe the senator’s background as the son of immigrants who worked as a bartender and a maid, makes him uniquely relatable as a candidate at a time when the economy continues to rank as a top priority among voters. Trump, thrice married and one-time pro-choice, had passed earlier this month on the invitation to speak at the summit, but on Wednesday, organizers said he would in fact attend. The reversal came as the billionaire real estate mogul has slipped – slightly – in polls following the second Republican presidential debate last week.

In July, he drew criticism for saying he hasn’t asked God for forgiveness. “If I do something wrong I just try to make it right,” he said. “When we go in church and when I drink my little wine, which is about the only wine I drink, and have my little cracker, I guess that’s a form of asking for forgiveness.” In recent weeks, he has tried to make up for the missteps. He’s a little rough on the edges –he’s not a politician,” Anthony Eller said. “That’s his good side, that’s his bad side.” As Trump marched out of the hotel after his speech, he was trailed by a large group of people wanting to speak with him, get his autograph, or just to shake his hand. While the share of white Protestants and Catholics in the general electorate has slipped in recent presidential elections, the share of white evangelicals has stayed relatively the same and remains a powerful voting block composing 23 % of the electorate in 2012 and 2008 and 21% in 2004, according to the Pew Forum.

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