EASLEY, S.C. (WSPA) – Less than 24 hours after the GOP Debate in downtown Greenville, Senator Marco Rubio was greeted by a cheering crowd of over 1,500 in Easley. Sunday’s town hall was one of the biggest events the candidate has held in South Carolina.
“You elect me, you’ll have a president that believes, respects, upholds, protects and defends the constitution of the USA,” he said to the crowd.
But the event was briefly interrupted, by 4 people holding small white signs and yelling about deportation.
“Marco Rubio wants to deport my family,” one of them shouted.
As those members of the crowd were escorted out, Rubio once again explained his position on immigration.
“We have a right to choose who comes here, when they come here and how they come here,” he said.
Rubio was also attacked on his stance on immigration last night at the debate by Ted Cruz. When asked about the argument Sunday, he said, “my position on immigration is straight forward. We are not doing anything until we enforce the law and secure the border. The problem with Ted is that he lies about his record.”
Just before the Town Hall at Easley Elementary School, during a one-on-one interview with 7News reporter Krystyne Brown, Rubio expressed his confidence in his debate performance.
“We feel great about the debate and feel great about our effort here,” he said.
Many observers feel Senator Rubio improved his performance at last night’s debate. He faced criticism from the last debate, from critics calling his performance “robotic.” After a strong showing in Iowa, Rubio finished 5th in the New Hampshire Primary.
His representatives say this event showcased how much momentum he is gaining in South Carolina. The room was packed, with spill over in other rooms.
He hopes to keep that momentum going by making his message clear. “No one running for President in 2016 on the republican side is better prepared to keep this country safe on day 1 than I am,” he explained. “I think yesterday with the death of Justice Scalia, we are reminded about how consequential this election is. The very balance of the court and future of the Constitution is at stake.”
His campaign claims “South Carolina is Marco Rubio Country”, and after the large crowd he saw Sunday, they’re confident he’s the one to beat at the Primaries Saturday.
“South Carolina is a place we feel at home,” the Senator added.