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Senator, Isn't That a Flip?': Fox Host Tries to Pin Down Rubio on Iraq

"It was not a mistake for the president to have invaded Iraq..."

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Was the invasion of Iraq a mistake, or wasn't it?

That was the question — and Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Florida) didn't seem to want to give a direct answer.

The presidential candidate was grilled by Chris Wallace on "Fox News Sunday" this week.

Wallace pointed out that Rubio has in the past defended the decision to invade Iraq but that this week, after former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush caught flack for saying he would have invaded Iraq in 2003 even knowing that intelligence about weapons of mass destruction was flawed, Rubio changed his tune.

"Senator, isn't that a flip?" Wallace asked.

Rubio immediately shook his head, "No."

"They're two different questions," Rubio insisted, saying that calling the Iraq invasion a "mistake" is wrong even though he wouldn't have invaded the country if he'd known what we know now about WMDs. "It was not a mistake for the president to have invaded Iraq based on the intelligence he was presented."

Wallace kept pressing, and Rubio kept avoiding the question.

The pair went back and forth for nearly the whole three-minute segment — watch the whole exchange below:

Some have speculated that Rubio's apparent flip-flopping could hurt his presidential chances.

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