Wednesday, October 07, 2015

Marco Rubio attacks Trump's stance on eminent domain

On Wednesday, Marco Rubio attacked Donald Trump's stance on eminent domain. During an interview with Fox News' Bret Baier, Trump said that eminent domain is a "wonderful thing."

"He's wrong.

"In Florida when I was a state legislator, we passed what has become model legislation for other states around the country--that I actually passed--both a law and a constitutional amendment that keeps developers like Donald Trump from using eminent domain to take private property away from an owner and give it to another private owner, which is what the Kelo decision said should be legal unless states barred it.

"So he's wrong about that. One of the most important rights Americans have is private property," Rubio told The Weekly Standard.

"I think eminent domain is wonderful if you're building a highway and you need to build—as an example, a highway—and you're going to be blocked by a hold-out or—in some cases, it's a hold-out. Just so you understand, nobody knows this better than I do, because I built a lot of buildings in Manhattan and you'll have 12 sites and you'll get 11 and you'll have the one hold-out and you end up building around them and everything else, ok.

"So I know it better than anybody.

"Eminent domain—number one, a person has a house and they end up getting much more than the house is ever worth. Eminent domain is not like they take it. These people—because they're not very smart people, the Club for Growth people. And actually, I don't want to use the word extortion, but pretty close, they wanted $1 million, they would have been," Trump told Baier on Tuesday night.

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