Republican presidential candidate Sen. Marco Rubio says he will continue to battle rival Donald Trump, and says if Trump becomes the nominee ''it could be the end of the Republican party.'' Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: Republican presidential candidate Sen. Marco Rubio says "Donald Trump is trying to pull off the biggest scam in American political history," in an interview with CBS's Face the Nation, Sunday (February 28). "We're going to be in this race as long as it takes, we're going to be in as many states as it takes to ensure that I'm the nominee and that Donald Trump never gets to 1,236 delegates which is what he needs to be the nominee," said Rubio. With dueling appearances in Arkansas and Georgia, the billionaire businessman and U.S. senator from Florida continued an onslaught of personal insults that began on a debate stage on Thursday. It continued on Face the Nation, with Rubio saying, "If Donald Trump were to ever become the nominee immediately the hounds of hell will descend on him, tear him apart, everything he's ever done from not releasing his taxes to all of his failed business dealings. And Hillary Clinton's going to have a clear shot to the Oval Office," said Rubio. The Florida senator says if Trump becomes the nominee, it will splinter the Republican party "in a way that we may never be able to recover." Reuters/Ipsos polling data on Friday showed Trump ahead nationally in the Republican race with support at 44.2 percent, followed by Cruz at 20.7 percent.