On yesterday’s edition of CNN Newsroom, in a conversation with political commentator Michael Smerconish, Brooke Baldwin challenged Republican candidate Marco Rubio to go on CNN as opposed to going the “softball” route and going on Sean Hannity’s Fox News program.
Smerconish opined, “[Republican candidates] can go [to Fox News] in primary season, and that can be a successful strategy, that is not how you win a general election. Sooner or later, you better be on CNN.”
And that happened.
Of all the people to pick at CNN, Tapper was the best choice; not only does he keep any personal political ideology out of his questions (and anchoring), he actually said “I think he should [run for president],” on the Hugh Hewitt Show in January.
The Lead‘s Jake Tapper conducted a very good interview with Rubio a little over a halfway through his hour-long program.
On the issue of same sex marriage, Tapper pointed out, “On that issue, same sex marriage, senator, you’re the candidate of yesterday.”
“Well, a couple of points. That’s an issue that will be largely determined at the state level,” Rubio countered. “Marriage laws have always been defined by the state, I’m not, for example, ever supported a constitutional amendment to define marriage. I believe states define marriage in their laws.”
Later on, Tapper posed: “Do you pledge to support the Republican nominee, whoever it is, even if it is somebody you disagree with so strongly on foreign issues… like Senator Rand Paul?” Pausing, he added, “Just as an observation: I think you probably agree with Hillary Clinton on more matters pertaining to foreign policy than you do with Rand Paul.”
Watch the full interview:
Minutes after appearing on The Lead
, Rubio appeared on sister station CNN en Espanol, where Juan Carlos Lopez did an interview with him.