WILL MARCO RUBIO ENDORSE TED CRUZ?
It is being reported that former GOP presidential candidate and Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) is close to endorsing current Republican presidential candidate and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz. One can never get enough endorsements but one also has to wonder whether it will make a difference. If Cruz wants to catch front-runner Donald Trump and minimize establishment candidate John Kasich, an endorsement from Rubio probably could not hurt. Except for his position on illegal immigration, Marco Rubio is a pretty strong conservative. A Rubio endorsement might have meant a little more had Marco gotten out of the race before the Florida primary where he got soundly defeated by Trump We shall see what happens. In the end conservatives do need to stick together.
Marco Rubio is close to endorsing Ted Cruz, but the two proud senators — and recent fierce rivals — have some details to work out first.
Cruz has to ask for the Rubio’s endorsement, and both sides need to decide that it will make a difference, according to sources familiar with the thinking of both senators.
Rubio and Cruz, who are more friendly with each other in the Senate than they are with longer-serving colleagues, occasionally chatted and patched up their sometime-rocky relationship on the campaign trail heading into Florida’s primary Tuesday, when Rubio was blown out by Donald Trump and subsequently quit the presidential race.
The buzz about a Rubio endorsement of Cruz intensified after the St. Paul Pioneer Press on Thursday reported that the Florida senator called his Texas colleague “the only conservative left in the race.”
Rubio, who returned to work Thursday in the Capitol, told reporters “I don’t have any announcement on that today” when asked about a Cruz endorsement. Rubio indicated, though, that he might have something to say soon.
“There’s time to prevent a Trump nomination, which I think would fracture the party and be damaging to the conservative movement,” Rubio said, stressing that he’s not interested in being anyone’s vice-presidential pick or running for Florida governor.