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Prominent Florida Republicans speak out about Trump video

In the aftermath of the Donald Trump video, here’s the reaction from prominent Florida Republicans. From top left to right: Sen. Marco Rubio, Miami Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart, Miami Rep. Ileana Ros Lehtinen, Miami Rep. Carlos Curbelo. From bottom left to right: Former presidential candidate Jeb Bush, Gov. Rick Scott, Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam, Florida House Speaker Steve Crisafull.
In the aftermath of the Donald Trump video, here’s the reaction from prominent Florida Republicans. From top left to right: Sen. Marco Rubio, Miami Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart, Miami Rep. Ileana Ros Lehtinen, Miami Rep. Carlos Curbelo. From bottom left to right: Former presidential candidate Jeb Bush, Gov. Rick Scott, Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam, Florida House Speaker Steve Crisafull.

Here’s a look at how South Florida’s Republican delegation to Congress and other prominent Florida Republicans have reacted to the video in which Donald Trump talks in vulgar terms about groping and making unwanted sexual advances at women.

▪ Sen. Marco Rubio (who has not rescinded his Trump endorsement):

▪ Miami Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart (who still says he intends to vote for “the Republican nominee”): “I’m glad Mr. Trump issued an apology for the tape that was released in which he is heard saying disrespectful and completely unacceptable comments regarding his interactions with women. It’s important that he acknowledged that statements like those are offensive and reprehensible.”

▪ Miami Rep. Ileana Ros Lehtinen (who never backed Trump): “As a woman, mother & grandmother, I categorically find that there are no excuses for Trump's degrading and obscene characterization of women.”

She later added: “In April, before Trump even clinched the nomination, I announced I could not and would not support Donald Trump in this election. I'm now calling on Donald Trump to drop out of the race for the good of our nation.”

▪ Miami Rep. Carlos Curbelo (who has never backed Trump):

▪ Former presidential candidate Jeb Bush (who has never backed Trump):

▪ Gov. Rick Scott, who chairs a pro-Trump super PAC: “I’m not following politics closely right now, but this is terrible. I don’t agree with anyone talking like this about anyone, ever.”

▪ Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam, who has previously said he supports Trump: “Even by the base standards of this campaign season, his comments were vile and obscene.”

▪ Florida House Speaker Steve Crisafulli, who has previously said he supports Trump:

The Tampa Bay Times contributed to this report.

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