CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) - With time running out before Super Tuesday, Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio returned fire from rival Donald Trump Sunday, accusing the GOP front-runner of hijacking the country's conservative movement.
The comments at the Rubio's Midlothian rally attacked Trump for his interview with CNN earlier in the day, when the billionaire businessman said he did not know enough information to disown the endorsement of former Ku Klux Klan grand wizard David Duke.
"Should the Republican nomination be someone like Donald Trump, who refused to criticize the Ku Klux Klan," Rubio said. "There is no place in the conservative movement for David Duke, the Ku Klux Klan, or any sort of hatred or bigotry in America."
The controversy began on CNN's State of the Union, when moderator Jake Tapper asked Trump if he would disavow endorsements from white supremacist groups.
"Certainly I would disavow if I thought there was something wrong," Trump said. "But you may have groups in there that are totally fine. It would be very unfair. So give me a list of the groups and I'll let you know."
The development happened on a weekend when the news made news for the Rubio campaign, with the Richmond Times-Dispatch endorsing Rubio late Saturday. The newspaper usually endorses a candidate towards the end of October.
"Marco Rubio boasts a compelling life story — the son of Cuban immigrants who worked their way to the American dream," wrote the paper's editorial board. "Rubio is a gifted communicator, the best to rise in his party since President Reagan."
After spending Sunday in Virginia, Rubio continued on to Tennessee, Georgia, Arkansas and Oklahoma ahead of Super Tuesday.
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