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Republican presidential candidates, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, left, listens as Ohio Gov. John Kasich answers a question during the Republican Presidential Primary Debate at the University of Houston Thursday in Houston.

ATLANTA >> Marco Rubio is waging a fresh verbal assault against Donald Trump the day after he and Republican rival Ted Cruz tag-teamed the Republican front-runner on the debate stage.

The Florida senator repeatedly called the billionaire business "a con artist" during a round of Friday morning television interviews. Rubio also questioned Trump's business background, attacked his preparedness to lead the nation, and charged that Trump has been "sticking it to the little guy" for decades.

Rubio told CBS' "This Morning": "A con artist is about to take over the Republican Party and the conservative movement, and we have to put a stop to it."

At the same time, Rubio allies prepared to spend millions on Trump attack ads in key states.

The multi-faceted takedown effort comes four days before Super Tuesday.



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