Friday marked the end of federal lawmakers' first week in Congress after their summer break, and U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio returned to Miami to give reporters an update on legislation he filed dealing with Iran and Zika.
The Zika virus drew a couple of questions. Then came a mention of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump -- and Trump's praise of Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Never mind that Rubio answered questions Thursday in Washington about Putin, whom he's long derided as am "authoritarian thug." And that he's given the same sort of answers on Trump for months.
In blue Miami-Dade County, where a majority of voters are Hispanic, he keeps getting asked.
"Nothing has changed" on his support of Trump, Rubio said at his local Senate office, across the street from Trump National Doral golf resort.
"Vladimir Putin is not a president. He's a dictator," Rubio said. Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, however, "fundamentally misread" Putin as secretary of state, Rubio said.
Does he worry about Trump's tone on immigration? "You'll have to ask other candidates about their position," Rubio said.
Shortly after his news conference concluded, a new poll showed Rubio leading his Democratic Senate opponent, U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy of Jupiter, by 50-43 percent.
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