February 9th, 2010
01:34 PM ET
4 years ago

Rubio scores another conservative endorsement

Grover Norquist endorsed Senate hopeful Marco Rubio on Tuesday.
Grover Norquist endorsed Senate hopeful Marco Rubio on Tuesday.

Washington (CNN) - Florida Senate hopeful Marco Rubio has secured yet another endorsement from a national conservative leader.

Grover Norquist, the president of the anti-tax group Americans for Tax Reform, endorsed the Republican candidate Tuesday.

"I have followed Marco Rubio's career very closely and am proud to support him in his bid for U.S. Senate," Norquist said in a statement. "In closely examining his record, I remain convinced he has been the most courageous, pro-taxpayer legislative leader in the country and will continue this path in the U.S. Senate."

Rubio is locked in a tight GOP primary race against Florida Gov. Charlie Crist.

Rubio, once considered a long shot candidate, has secured endorsements in recent weeks from House Republican Conference Chairman Mike Pence and Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan.


Filed under: 2010 • Charlie Crist • Marco Rubio
soundoff (15 Responses)
  1. Mike in MN

    Not only is Rubio ahead of Crist in the primary polls, he is also well ahead of the Democrat candidate in the general election polls.
    The conservative revolution is on the move.

    February 9, 2010 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  2. If you want something ruined, put a republican in charge

    Are you moderate republicans beginning to see a pattern? The right wing fringe of the tea party movement is is siding with Rubio. Marco is not the answer in Florida.

    February 9, 2010 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  3. Total BS

    Just say no to the retards !!!

    February 9, 2010 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  4. NVa Native

    Grover Norquist? He's the "z" in crazy, he's one of the guys who dreamed up Dubya running for President, and the mistake invasion of Iraq. The public doesn't even know who he is unless Fox does a promo story on him. So how is this news worthy?
    Let's see more about Cribou Barber and her talking hand and how she is so much better than a person who can think.

    February 9, 2010 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  5. ThinkAgain

    Grover Norquist wants this for our country: "My goal is to cut government in half in twenty-five years," he says, "to get it down to the size where we can drown it in the bathtub."

    No social spending, no regulation of any kind on business, a dog-eat-dog world where the wealthy control everything and to heck with the rest of us.

    If you weren't born into wealth, tough. If you don't have the means to pay for medical care, you die. Money is everything; people are nothing.

    This is the kind of backing Rubio has. God help the people of Florida!

    February 9, 2010 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  6. GI Joe

    Oh goody – another one that knows how to say NO in order to bring this nation to it's knees totally.

    February 9, 2010 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  7. JT the Show Me State College Freshman

    I am getting quite tired of both the far left and the far right; both of them are one of the main reasons why this country has not moved foward in the past 3 decades or more. This needs to stop right now, if we are to see a prosperous America 50 years down the road. All Americans need to meet in the moderate middle, and think each issue and argument in a critical manner; here is what I mean.
    First you form a thesis: Develop a thesis that expresses a reasonable answer to that question, given the current state of research in the field.
    Organize your evidence: For your research on any topic, following the Methods, Results, and Discussion format of an argument is the most affective way of giving a intelligent, professional statement.
    Provide background information or context: You can use facts and statistics to support generalizations or to establish the importance of your topc.
    Explaining terms and concepts: Explain words, phrases, or ideas that might be unfamiliar to the audience.
    Supporting your claims: Back up your assertions with facts, examples, and other evidence from your research.
    Lending authority to the argument: Expert opinion can give weight to your argument, but do not rely on the experts to do the argument for you; construct your arguments in your own words, and cite authorities in the field for support.
    Anticipating and countering alternative interpretations: Do not ignore the sources that seem to contradict your position or that offer interpretations different from your own. Instead, use them to give voice to opposing points of view before you counter them.
    To construct a valid argument, everyone must follow all of those guidelines for each perspective point of view that I am going to point out; we must use each of these perspective point of views for each issue facing us today: economically, scientifically, politically, legally, psychologically, cultural, historical, mythologically (in a real world sense), and in a moral/ personal perspective as well. If we are to succeed as a country in the long term future, we must use each of those perspectives I pointed out int the structure I laid out in the beginning of this comment. It is our choice though the way we live our lives; I cannot force someone to choose one way or the other, but we have to realize that every action has consequences. If we do not think in the logical manner that I have just described, then we will not ever fix healthcare, tax reform, the job situation, climate change, clean energy independence, financial regulation, and equal rights for all Americans: gender, race, and GLBT rights including no matter what religion they are. I leave here with this question: Do we have the moral obligation to leave the inner and outer environment in good shape for our children and grandchildren, or we at liberty to use our inner and outer resources to the point of depletion in our own lifetimes? It is our choice to make; lets choose wisely.

    February 9, 2010 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  8. Mark

    Rubio WILL BE THE NEXT SENATOR FROM FLORIDA!!! We need more like him in DC.

    February 9, 2010 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  9. Lee in TN

    If I was Rubio, I would view this endorsement as a negative. Where was this so called tax reformist when Presidemt Bush gave the wealthiest 5% a tax break, resulting in permanent long term damage to middle class Americans. Grover Norquist is a phoney and a mouth piece for this wealthy 5% of our country's population.

    February 9, 2010 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  10. Henry

    Looks like Rubio's cornering the scumbag vote.

    February 9, 2010 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  11. Independent One

    Gov Crist, please run as an independent.....I would vote for you!!!!

    February 9, 2010 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  12. alphonso

    the repubs stab u n the back crist .u should of switch parties when u had a chance idiot!

    February 9, 2010 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  13. mario

    A push from the teabaggers means gop are in peril

    February 9, 2010 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  14. Laremy, NC

    Florida would be silly and foolish to elect this man. Really, you'd think people would have had enough of the last administration.

    February 9, 2010 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  15. mike

    close the door to cuba and give back all that stimulus money and
    stop the Haitians from being treated at the Hospitals and cut taxes
    for the rich and get tough on crime for the people that cannot find
    a job not for the ones that work and thats what I call conservative
    progress

    February 9, 2010 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |