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.”

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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.