(CNSNews.com) - Sen. Marco Rubio, asked about his "electability" at Thursday night's debate, brushed off the moderator's reminder that Time magazine once labeled Rubio "the Republican savior."
"Well, let me be clear about one thing, there's only one Savior and it's not me. It's Jesus Christ who came down to earth and died for our sins," Rubio responded.
He said he's "always made that clear" about Time's cover story.
"As far as the polls are concerned, Iowa, on Monday night you're going to go to a caucus site and you'll be the first Americans that vote in this election. You will be the first Americans that get to answer the fundamental question, what comes next for this country after seven disastrous years of Barack Obama?
"And let me tell you what the answer better not be. It better not be Bernie Sanders. Bernie Sanders is a socialist. I think Bernie Sanders is good candidate -- for president of Sweden.
"We don't want to be Sweden. We want to be the United States of America.
"And Hillary Clinton, Hillary Clinton is disqualified from being the commander-in-chief of the United States. In fact, one of her first acts as president may very well be to pardon herself because Hillary Clinton (laughter) -- Hillary Clinton stored classified information on her private server. And Hillary Clinton lied to the families of those four brave Americans who lost their life in Benghazi.
"And anyone who lies to the families of Americans who have died in the service of this country can never be commander-in-chief of the United States."
'My goal is...to live an eternity with my creator'
Later in the debate, Rubio responded to a question about the role of faith in the United States:
"And I think this is an important question," he said. "I think if you do not understand that our Judeo-Christian values are one of the reasons why America is such a special country, you don't understand our history. You see, why are we one of the most generous people in the world -- no, the most generous people in the world? Why do Americans contribute millions of dollars to charity? It is not because of the tax writeoff.
"It is because in this nation, we are influenced by Judeo-Christian values that teach us to care for the less fortunate, to reach out to the needy, to love our neighbor. This is what's made our nation so special.
"And you should hope that our next president is someone that is influenced by their faith. Because if your faith causes you to care for the less fortunate, it is something you want to see in your public figures. And when I'm president, I can tell you this, my faith will not just influence the way I'll govern as president, it will influence the way I live my life.
"Because in the end, my goal is not simply to live on this earth for 80 years, but to live an eternity with my creator. And I will always allow my faith to influence everything I do."