January 6th, 2010
10:40 AM ET
5 years ago

Rep. Ryan endorses Rubio

Rubio won the backing of Paul Ryan.
Rubio won the backing of Paul Ryan.

(CNN) - Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan, widely viewed as a rising star in the Republican Party and a favorite among conservatives, is endorsing former Florida House Speaker Marco Rubio's bid for the Senate Republican nomination in that state.

"In the coming years, America faces critical decisions on government spending, taxes and entitlements that will require idea-driven leaders," Ryan said in a statement released by the Rubio campaign. "Marco Rubio has proven he is exactly the type of consistent, principled conservative the Republican Party needs to ensure the relationship between the federal government and the individual is one that maximizes freedom and prosperity."

Rubio is running against Gov. Charlie Crist, the early favorite who won the national party's endorsement last summer. But many conservative leaders have never been fond of Crist - considered to be a moderate who backed President Barack Obama's stimulus measure last year - and recent polls suggest Crist's lead over Rubio has narrowed to single digits.

News of the Ryan endorsement comes a day after Florida Republican Party Chairman Jim Greer, appointed by Crist in 2007, resigned his post after being assailed for months by GOP activists who accused Greer of mismanaging party finances and favoring Crist over Rubio in the primary.


Filed under: Florida • Marco Rubio • Senate
soundoff (17 Responses)
  1. katiec

    The republicans striving for their so called conservatism, eliminating those intelligent enough to realize they have gone to the extreme is going to be their ruination.
    Our country will not accept or allow those with such restricted views, narrow mindedness, claiming Christianity while stooping to untruths, sewer tactics, sacrificing our country and us for their win at any cost mentallity in the position to lead.
    The party of NOthing is indeed proving they are a party of NOthing.

    January 6, 2010 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  2. Randolph Carter, I'm no expert, but...

    "In the coming years, America faces critical decisions on government spending, taxes and entitlements that will require idea-driven leaders,"

    And the standard conservative ideas are:
    Cut all spending except for war.
    Cut all taxes, especially for the rich because they're the ones who, you know, create "jobs."
    Cut all entitlements because poor people don't matter.

    Yawn. Give us a call when you guys come up with ideas that haven't been tried and proven to not work for the last 30 years. Have a nice day!

    January 6, 2010 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  3. C Spurgeon

    Ryan is a Republican pig and his endorsement makes me vote for crist....

    January 6, 2010 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  4. Enough is enough

    Now there is no room for popular moderates in the Florida republican party. Are we to believe is better to have a conservative easily manipulated by the big business machine that has stolen the tea party movement?

    January 6, 2010 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  5. John Boehner is like Cleopatra, only he bathes in Cheetos

    Smaller government, more freedom except for those thousands of agents who will be hired to make sure that a woman does not have a right to choose, or follow the law of the land.

    While I am sure that Rep. Ryan has done a lot of research on Florida, and must be one smart cookie, the truth is, Rubio has yet to prove he can stand up to tea baggers.

    January 6, 2010 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  6. ThinkAgain

    How cute – another "rising star" of the Republican Party.

    Translation: He has no new ideas; he puts the party before the American people; he doesn't respect the rule of law; and he wants our president and our country to fail.

    Boy, if this is all the GOP has to offer, no wonder people are leaving it in droves!

    January 6, 2010 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  7. Billy J..Texas..

    All they have to do is keep getting further to the right, and not giving a good explanation why they aren't responsible for our current woes (instead blaming the folks voted in to fix it) and they will continue to lose seats. They may make a few seats more solid, but those would be districts or states that were already 'red'. The way the Republicans are acting, I honestly think if we could get some working class hero types here in Texas to run, we might get the governorship back.

    January 6, 2010 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  8. FL Voter

    The same Rep. Ryan that offered a GOP "budget" with NO details other than a deficit that would be "a lot" in his "conservative" view–give me a break. Yeah, a resounding endorsement for the far-right Rubio.
    No thanks.

    January 6, 2010 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  9. PEACE ON EARTH

    Yah, like these guys have done such a FABULOUS job here in Florida.

    ALL Rethuglicans need to crawl back under Cheeney's rock.

    January 6, 2010 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  10. GOPer

    Sorry Rubio, no more neocons. I'm voting for Crist!

    January 6, 2010 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  11. Aunt Bea and Opie

    Rubio must want to become President of Cuba someday.We wish him luck and hope all his followers go back to Cuba when the commies fall.

    January 6, 2010 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  12. james Miller

    One Repub endorsing another!! --– How surprising !!!

    January 6, 2010 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  13. florida indep

    Yet another reason NOT to vote Republican in November. I'm sick and tired of idiotological extremeism and political hack outside aggitators comming from another state to endorse any canidate. No wonder this country has gone to the dogs, sorry I don't mean to insult dogs.

    January 6, 2010 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  14. Another Reformed Republican

    What's new? One member of the party of corruption endorsing another member is expected. Both of these supposed "rising stars" will sputter like the underwear bomber.

    January 6, 2010 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  15. Randall in Torrance - Double Masters from Western Washington University

    This is hillarious!! A rising star????? This twit is more like a crashing meteorite on a dying planet. The GOP will never have anything of value to offer Americans except more unnecessary wars, more pollution, more Americans without health care, more hype, more financial chaos and another Great Recession, more tax loop holes for the wealthy, more racism, more and more of nothing but failed policies and outdated ideas designed to only benefit the rich and well connected. The Republicans have struck their last match and the flame was extinguished in a torrent of revolutionary Democratic reform. RIP.

    January 6, 2010 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  16. A hypocritical Cuban would be at home with the hypocritical republican party

    Who else but a hypocrite would expect to be granted a free visa for entrance to the US...but expect stricter immigration reform.... and criticize Democrats for regulating banks to prevent corruption like Cuba where corrupt bankers go to prison...and criticize health care reform for 25 million uninsured people where Cuba has everyone of it's citizens covered by the third best health care system in the world ?????
    The US can do much better than that......if we do NOT vote Republican..........

    January 6, 2010 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  17. Al-NY,NY

    "A rising star in the Republican Party" So he's a know-nothing that will fade into obscurity just like all the others before. Just wait til Failin Palin jumps into the race and watch all clear thinking people run to Crist

    January 6, 2010 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |