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Republican Rubio Scores More Endorsements For President

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Republican Rubio Scores More Endorsements For President

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By Megan Cassella

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio racked up a number of endorsements from party leaders on Monday, giving weight to his message that he can become the establishment favorite behind whom Republicans can unite.

Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson, U.S. Senator Orrin Hatch of Utah and former Republican presidential candidate Bob Dole said they would back the U.S. senator from Florida for the party’s nomination to run for president in the Nov. 8 election.

Three Republican leaders from Nevada – U.S. Senator Dean Heller and U.S. Representatives Cresent Hardy and Mark Amodei – also announced their support for Rubio leading up the state’s caucuses on Tuesday.

“I’m delighted to support @marcorubio because he is best choice to keep our country safe,” Hutchinson posted on Twitter. “Will you join me and help Marco win Arkansas?”

The Arkansas primary comes after Nevada in the state-by-state nominating contest on March 1. Twelve other states and American Samoa will also be holding primaries or caucuses on that date, known as Super Tuesday.

The endorsements came as Rubio tries to seize on the exit of former Florida Governor Jeb Bush on Saturday to win the support of more mainstream members of their party. Bush dropped out after a poor showing in South Carolina’s Republican primary.

Hatch, who said he had initially supported Bush because he had more experience, called Rubio the “more serious candidate” compared with front-runner Donald Trump.

“I feel he has the background to be able to really help turn this mess around,” Hatch told reporters.

Dole, a former U.S. senator from Kansas who lost to then-President Bill Clinton in 1996, said he switched his support to Rubio after Bush left the campaign trail because he was young, hard-working and a “better candidate” than rival Ohio Governor John Kasich.

“He wants to grow the party as opposed to (U.S. Senator Ted) Cruz,” Dole said in an interview on ABC’s Political Powerhouse podcast, referring to another Republican candidate. “I don’t know what he wants to grow.”

(Reporting by Megan Cassella; Additional reporting by Susan Cornwell; Editing by Eric Walsh and Jonathan Oatis)

Photo: U.S. Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio speaks during a campaign event in Elko, Nevada February 22, 2016. REUTERS/Chris Keane

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13 Comments

  1. The lucky one February 23, 2016

    Okay, if Rubio becomes president I’m starting a pool. Pick how many days it will take to break Bush II’s record for vacation days. GB shattered the previous record set by Reagan and with the work ethic Rubio has displayed there is little doubt that he would surpass Bush.

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    1. Paul Bass February 23, 2016

      Not a chance, he can barely put two sentences together without a script.

      1. The lucky one February 23, 2016

        Bush couldn’t put one sentence together with a script and he served 8 years. Notice I didn’t say he was elected twice.

        1. Paul Bass February 23, 2016

          But Rubio doesn’t have Jeb! as governor, therefore it will be tough to steal the election. (but who knows, it looks like they can steal Ohio…)

          1. The lucky one February 23, 2016

            Yes but he did get re-elected or rather elected since his first one was an appointment rather than an election.

    2. Independent1 February 24, 2016

      Saying GB shattered Reagan’s goof-off record certainly isn’t stretching things: as I recall, Reagan spent between 400 and 500 days away from Washington supposedly recuperating at his California Ranch or elsewhere; while Georgie Boy actually eclipsed 1,000 days away from Washington with the majority of the time spent either cutting brush, playing golf or out hunting on his Texas Ranch – or out sailing off the shores of Kennebunkport, Maine. It’s easy to see why virtually nothing got done during his disastrous 8 years other than starting wars and signing unfunded legislation and brushing of the CIA whenever they warned him of an impending terrorist attack – or told him that his misguided ideas about Iraq were wrong – it’s hard tol learn much when you’re away goofing-off about 1/3 of the time you’re in the White House.

  2. Jinmichigan February 23, 2016

    Seems little Marco is running to be “Whiner in Chief”. And he’s excellent in that role.

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  3. itsfun February 23, 2016

    Super Tuesday will answer all the questions. It has been interesting to watch Republicans move to some of Donald Trump’s ideas of building a wall and immigration. Also been interesting to watch Hillary move more and more to the left to get votes.

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    1. charleo1 February 23, 2016

      “Interesting,” is one word some might use to describe the GOP being driven
      off the cliff by a. radicals, b. extremists, and c. a trash talking demagogue.
      with apparently no qualms in proposing ideas that will essentially disqualify
      them demographically for as far into the future as anyone using math can predict.

  4. Paul Bass February 23, 2016

    The last gasp of the GOP establishment trying to stop Trump. Rubio is such a light weight he doesn’t have a prayer.

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  5. charleo1 February 23, 2016

    So who cares what Rubio is saying? Outside of the GOP donor class, the pols they control, the system they hope to protect, Cruz, his book end to the Right, the press maybe to create some drama. But who that has any chance of changing the trajectory of the Trump campaign? That would be exactly no one.

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  6. Richard Charles Ross February 23, 2016

    So all of KOCHs former Tools are now signing on and endorsing the most desperate tool Kochs ever used RUBIO, smart alec, absentee junior senator from Florida who is more hyp than substance

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  7. FireBaron February 24, 2016

    All the endorsements aside, if he cannot get the primary and caucus voters behind him, he will not be on center stage in July!

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