The contenders for the Republican presidential nomination can be divided between non-establishment candidates and those with stronger ties to the GOP. Although Donald Trump continues to lead among both sides nationally, Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida is the strongest contender among establishment candidates.
Rubio has come under fire from his rivals, but he says he’s not worried. “It’s great to be targeted because that means you’re doing something right,” Rubio said on ABC News’ “Good Morning America.”
"People don't waste time or money attacking someone who isn't doing something well.”
Rubio, who made his remarks on the day of the New Hampshire primary, wouldn’t offer any predictions on who would win the state. In the Iowa primary, Rubio placed third as he predicted, The Washington Post reported.
“I know Trump is the clear front-runner,” he said regarding New Hampshire. "He’s been in first place since June. I don’t know where we’re going to finish in terms of second, third, fourth.
“You’ve got some other people who haven’t campaigned anywhere else. Their whole campaigns are built here. It’s a pretty unusual setup here today, but we’re looking to finish strong and then head to South Carolina.”
Despite his apparent nonchalance, Rubio did try to appeal to last-minute voters, The Hill reported. “I’m as conservative as anybody in this field, but I’m a conservative who has shown the ability to work and get things done across the aisle,” he said. “I have more national security experience and foreign policy experience than anyone else on the Republican side, by far."
Rubio added: "I give our party the best chance to do three things: to unify, to grow and to win.”