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Rubio Uses a Term Sure to Displease Trump

He is calling Joe Biden 'president-elect'
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 17, 2020 8:19 AM CST

(Newser) – Marco Rubio joined a select club on Monday with a seemingly humdrum response to question regarding Joe Biden. "Well, that'll be the president-elect's decision obviously," Rubio said when asked about the possibility of a fellow senator, Angus King, joining a Biden Cabinet. By NPR's count, the response makes Rubio the fifth Republican senator to refer to Biden as president-elect, the others being Mitt Romney, Lisa Murkowski, Susan Collins, and Ben Sasse. Related coverage:

  • Rubio did, however, hedge a bit with the word "preliminary" when asked about his use of the phrase. "Ultimately that's what the results, the preliminary results, seem to indicate," he said. "You certainly have to anticipate that's the highest likelihood at this point."

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