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Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) was grilled by a 17-year-old high school junior on NRA contributions to his political campaign during Wednesday night’s CNN Town Hall.
Cameron Kasky asked the senator, who is a supporter of the Second Amendment, if he would no longer take money from the National Rifle Association following the death of 17 people at the Marjory Stoneman High School in Parkland, Fla. Rubio responded, “The influence of these groups comes not from money, it comes from millions of people who support the agenda. You can ask that question and I can say people buy into my agenda. Ultimately our goal is to move forward.”
Rubio received $9,900 from the NRA’s political action committee during the 2016 election cycle, according to filings from the Federal Election Commission.
After Kasky pushed Rubio to answer the question more directly, the senator said, “I will prevent any law that supports the killing of people,” but he did not vow to refuse donations from the NRA in the future, saying that he “will always accept money from people who support my agenda.”
Rubio proposed instead to raise the legal age to buy a rifle from 18 to 21, which the NRA has publicly not supported.
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