Marco Rubio has shifted his views on Apple, saying the tech giant should comply with a court order to enable federal investigators try to crack the password on a San Bernardino terrorism suspect's iPhone.
"They should comply with that," Rubio said Thursday. "Apple doesn't want to do it because they think it hurts their brand. Well, let me tell you: Their brand is not superior to the national security of the United States."
Rubio had previously said the issue was complicated. But he said new information now shows that what investigators are seeking would not create a "back door" that could compromise phone security. Instead, investigators want to Apple to disable a function that would wipe out the phone's contents after multiple guesses at the password.
A slimmer field of Republican candidates — just five remain — took the stage Thursday night for their 10th debate and last face-to-face session before Super Tuesday, when close to half the delegates needed to win the GOP nomination are up for grabs. It was a loud and raucous affair. With the stage lights in Houston still bright, here are our takeaways.
Bernie Sanders brought his Democratic presidential campaign to Chicago on Thursday night, making a populist pitch to the young, working-class and minority voters to join him in a “political revolution” against wealthy backers of the status quo.
The senator from Vermont, vying for the nomination against former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, spoke to several thousand people at Chicago State University, questioning the priorities of a gridlocked state government that has left the college in financial trouble.
When the topic of immigration was brought to Thursday night's debate stage, Donald Trump took credit for its discussion.
Marco Rubio rebutted.
“If you’re going to claim that you’re the only one that lifted this issue into the campaign, then you acknowledge that, for example, you’re the only person on this stage that’s ever been fined for hiring people to work on your projects illegally," Rubio said.
The five remaining Republican presidential candidates closed the combative debate Thursday night with succinct summations of their case to voters who will cast decisive votes across a huge swath of the nation next week on Super Tuesday.
“Nobody knows politicians better than I do,” Donald Trump said at the end of the CNN debate in Houston. “They’re all talk; they’re no action. Nothing gets done.”
GOP front-runner Donald Trump declared victory in Thursday's debate, saying he was the subject of attacks by Sens. Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz because they are flailing in their pursuit of the nomination.
"They were coming," Trump told CNN immediately after the debate in Houston. "They're doing very badly in the polls. ... They are desperate. They are losing by massive amounts."
Trump said the Houston clash was among his best debates.