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Darrell Issa Says Rubio ‘Was My First Choice’ When Voter Confronts Him About Fear of Trump

When you barely squeaked out your last election and your congressional district sits in a county that went for Hillary Clinton, I guess you’ll do what you can to distance yourself from the unpopular resident of the White House.

During a town hall today, Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) was confronted by a voter who pointed out that he’s been a Republican for years.

“I voted for Reagan, I voted for both Bushes, and I never voted for Obama,” the man explained. “However, I am afraid of President Donald Trump.”

Issa’s response? He wanted the constituent — and the whole room — to know that during the GOP presidential primary, he wasn’t for Trump.

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

Indeed, Issa threw his support behind the Florida senator early in the primary and campaigned for him. However, by May 2016, with Trump having vanquished all of his Republican rivals, Issa publicly endorsed the celebrity businessman.

Watch the clip above, via MSNBC.

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