Richmond (Virginia): Nikki Haley, South Carolina's Indian-American Governor, today described Donald Trump's behaviour as "unacceptable" and said the Republican front-runner is unlikely to defeat Democratic rival Hillary Clinton in the November general elections.
Haley, who has endorsed Marco Rubio as presidential nominee asserted that the Florida Senator is the right person to defeat the Democratic presidential nominee and lead the country.
Rubio, who has emerged as the GOP's establishment candidate is campaigning in this important state of Virginia, hoping to make an impressive win in some of the 11 States where the Republican Party's primaries are scheduled to be held on Tuesday.
"Donald Trump is everything we hear and teach our kids not to do in kindergarten. And we have seen this behaviour over and over again that's unacceptable. And I think what we saw from Marco is exactly what we tell our children also, if a bully hits you, you hit back," Haley told the ABC News in an interview Sunday morning.
"I think he (Rubio) hit back and he showed that's he's willing to lead. He's willing to fight. And he's going to have the passion to do it," Haley said, referring to the strong verbal dual unleashed by Rubio over the last few days against Trump.
"And you look at all these issues, this is one more project that Donald Trump is doing. Trump University, Trump Vodka, Trump Airlines, Trump Mortgage all failed projects.
This is one more project. And we're really concerned about where that's going to be. And I think it's right for Marco to bring those things out and to keep on bringing those out," she said.
Ramping up the ante against Trump, Rubio has described the New York billionaire as a cone artist and dangerous for the party.
"What I will tell you is, Donald Trump can't be Hillary Clinton. His negatives are so high, his cap is at 35 per cent. It is impossible for him to win a general. And so that's why we've said Marco Rubio is the only one that can defeat Donald Trump. And Marco Rubio can beat Hillary Clinton and will win in November," Haley told the ABC News.
Haley who is rated very high across the nation and is seen as a potential vice presidential candidate asserted that Rubio is drawing a large number of supporters across the Super Tuesday States.