Rubio: Trump is 'not the cause of radical jihadists'

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MILFORD, N.H. -- Sen. Marco Rubio on Sunday said Donald Trump is "not the cause of radical jihadists" and dismissed an alleged terrorist recruiting video featuring the GOP frontrunner as ultimately insignificant.


"Those radical jihadists do not exist because of Donald Trump or any other campaign, they were gonna be around no matter what because they have a radical ideology and they are pursuing it violently around the world," he told reporters after a town hall event in New Hampshire.

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"Ultimately, he's not the cause of radical jihadists. The cause of radical jihadism is a radical view and extremist view of the world, and they need to be defeated. They're gonna continue to spread until they're confronted."

10 facts you should know about Marco Rubio:

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1. His parents, Mario and Oria, are Cuban immigrants.

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2. Attended Tarkio College for one year on a football scholarship before he later transferred to Santa Fe College. 

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3. When he was sworn into office in 2011, he said that he owed $100,000 of student loans which he finally paid off in 2012.

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4. His wife of 17 years, Jeanette, is of Colombian descent and was once a Miami Dolphins cheerleader.

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5. He went viral with a sip of water. Rubio gave the official Republican reaction to the State of the Union in 2013, but the only detail most people remembered was the moment in which he became so parched that he reached for a water bottle to quench his thirst.

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6. Though he was baptized as an infant in the Catholic church, he was also baptized as Mormon later in childhood when his family lived in Las Vegas. He is now a practicing Catholic.

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7. He teaches political science at Florida International University in Miami.

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8. He says the first concert he ever attended was a Prince show.

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9. His family used to call him Tony, which came from his middle name Antonio.

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10. He was speaker of the Florida House before he was a U.S. Senator.

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His comments came in response to reports that the terrorist group al Shabaab used a clip of Trump in a recruiting video, something many Democrats and some Republicans have warned could be the outcome of Trump's aggressive anti-Muslim rhetoric on the campaign trail.

Rubio has before criticized Trump for his comments against Muslims, most recently calling his proposed ban on Muslims from immigrating to the U.S. "offensive and outlandish" and accusing him of suggesting it to "recapture the limelight." But then, too, he withheld some criticism, saying on NBC's "Meet the Press" that Trump "touched on some issues that people are concerned about."

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"He is reminding us in that process that people are really upset and they're really scared," Rubio said. "And they're worried."

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