Marco Rubio Cracks Joke About Donald Trump’s ‘Shoot Somebody’ Boast

INDIANOLA, Iowa — Marco Rubio on Saturday laughed off Donald Trump's boast that he could shoot someone and wouldn't lose voters, telling reporters "I wouldn’t recommend that he do that."

"It’s probably not a good idea for him to do that and I would not recommend that he do it but you know ... that’s Donald," Rubio said, and then broke into laughter.

Rubio said that too-restrictive gun laws are the real issue in New York.

"The bigger problem in New York is, it's almost impossible to even have a gun and protect your families, so that’s why it's so important our next president be someone who defends the Second Amendment," Rubio said.

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Rubio has emphasized his commitment to gun rights on the campaign trail in recent weeks, telling voters in New Hampshire last weekend about buying a gun on Christmas Eve in order to protect his family and touring an arms manufacturer, where he bought a rifle.

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Rubio's joke Saturday night came in response to a reporter’s question following a town hall in Indianola, Iowa on Saturday night, after Trump made the brag earlier Saturday during a campaign rally in Sioux Center, Iowa.

"I could stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot somebody and I wouldn't lose any voters, okay?" Trump said. "It's, like, incredible."

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Jeb Bush, speaking in Merrimack, New Hampshire, told reporters that if Trump followed through with his claim "he’ll probably be convicted of a first degree felony and sent to prison."

"Felons probably can’t run for president — I’m just saying," Bush said.

Ted Cruz declined to weigh in on Trump’s comments at an event in Ankeny, telling reporters, "I will let Donald speak for himself."

"I can say I have no intention of shooting anybody in this campaign," Cruz said.