It was Republican candidate Marco Rubio's turn to face down a protester Sunday, as a man who disrupted a rally shouting that Rubio ''was trying to steal his girlfriend,'' was escorted out. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: It was Republican Senator Marco Rubio's turn to face down a protester Sunday, when a young man stood up in the crowd charging the Presidential hopeful with "trying to steal my girlfriend," as Rubio addressed a campaign rally at The Villages in Sumter County, Florida. The crowd of smiling supporters started chanting "Marco." The presidential candidate said, "It's ok, we don't beat up our hecklers." The protest comes on the same day that Republican candidate Donald Trump used a round of Sunday morning television appearances to beat back strong criticism from Republican rivals and Democrats alike that he was encouraging discord with divisive language disparaging Muslims and illegal immigrants. On Friday night, simmering political tensions turned into a palpable threat when thousands of protesters showed up at the Chicago rally, forcing Trump to cancel that event and casting a shadow over his weekend rallies. The Chicago clashes followed several weeks of violence at Trump events, in which protesters and journalists have been punched, tackled or hustled out of venues, raising concerns about security. Trump drew a round of condemnation after Friday's clashes.