Issa distances himself from Trump: Rubio 'was my first choice' – The Hill (blog)

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Republican Rep. Darrell Issa (Calif.) distanced himself from President Trump when confronted at a raucous town hall Saturday, telling voters that he would have preferred Sen. Marco RubioMarco RubioIssa distances himself from Trump: Rubio ‘was my first choice’ Why higher education is in need of regulatory relief As death toll mounts, Goldman rewards Venezuelan dictator’s cruelty MORE (R-Fla) to be president.

Issa was confronted by a Republican constituent who said he feared President Trump’s agenda.

“I voted for Reagan, I voted for both Bushes, and I never voted for Obama,” he explained to Issa. “However, I am afraid of President Donald TrumpDonald TrumpTrump offers UK ‘full support’ after London attacks Issa distances himself from Trump: Rubio ‘was my first choice’ Trump files extension for 2016 taxes MORE.”


Issa wouldn’t defend Trump, and instead pointed to his own support for Rubio during the 2016 Republican primary as a defense. 

“I was out of the district campaigning all over for [Marco] Rubio,” Issa responded. “He was my first choice.”

Issa campaigned for Rubio during the primary, but eventually endorsed Trump after Rubio dropped out following a poor performance in Florida’s primary.

The California lawmaker was ridiculed on social media Friday after he climbed on to the roof of a building after attempting to speak with protesters.