April 20th, 2010
01:27 PM ET
5 years ago

A top House Republican to endorse Rubio

House Minority Whip Eric Cantor will endorse Marco Rubio for Senate in Florida on Tuesday.
House Minority Whip Eric Cantor will endorse Marco Rubio for Senate in Florida on Tuesday.

Washington (CNN) - House Minority Whip Eric Cantor Tuesday will endorse Marco Rubio for Senate, the latest high profile Republican to do so in recent days, two GOP sources familiar with the announcement confirm to CNN.

The endorsement comes as many national Republicans believe that the one-time front runner for the Republican Senate nomination in Florida, Gov. Charlie Crist, will run an independent bid for the open seat. Recent polling indicates that Rubio, the former Florida House Speaker, leads Crist in the GOP primary by double digits.

"We are a nation at a crossroads, and we need responsible leadership in Washington," Cantor is expected to say in his endorsement. "Marco Rubio is just the type of leader our country needs and will make an excellent Senator for the State of Florida."

On Monday, the chief strategist for the National Republican Senatorial Committee told GOP allies it is his belief that Crist will leave the GOP primary. The NRSC had endorsed Crist, but was prepared to shift its backing to Rubio.

Cantor, a congressmen from Virginia, is considered to be a rising star in the party. His endorsement is another sign that the Republican establishment is embracing Rubio's candidacy, which has been fueled in the past year by conservative, grass roots activists.


Filed under: 2010 • Eric Cantor • Florida • Marco Rubio
soundoff (218 Responses)
  1. tradewinds

    I love this race. The republicans hate the fact that Charlie may run as an independant because it will take a ton of votes away from rubio, thus, giving the dems a much better chance of winning. The republicans don't give a hoot about who's better for the job, they just want someone in office who will join them in saying NO to everything Obama puts forth. Does ANYONE not see this?

    April 20, 2010 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  2. ted

    The article says Cantor is a rising star in the GOP. Somebody needs to tell the GOP that it is nearly dead because of Boner and McConnell and Cheney and Bush and others like Cantor who are so rightwing, they are certifiable paranoid lunatics. The Grand Obstructionist Party, AKA the Party of NO is defined by the paranoid morons like Cantor and Rubio and Steele.

    April 20, 2010 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  3. Junganimus

    Does is really make a difference? Not one person in that party is interested in what happens to the people of the U>S> They only care about themselves and the party.

    April 20, 2010 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  4. JAMES L HALL

    If i were a republican which i am not mr cantors endorsement of this particular candiate would be enough to make me not want to vote for him thank you

    April 20, 2010 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  5. jdmintexas

    Its official. The Republican Party abandoned traditional conservatism and become the Tea Party.

    April 20, 2010 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  6. carlos

    a rising star in the gopluntzers????......just look at the face...full of hatred.......and endorsing the corrupt marquito???????.......nincompoops

    April 20, 2010 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  7. shucks

    Crist was the latest of the sacrificial lambs from the republican party. Watch yourselves, think moderately and your a goner.

    April 20, 2010 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  8. stranger in an increasingly strange land

    I think Crist should run as an independant. That would split the Republicans. Those that are moderate could vote for him, since he is not planning to jump to the Democrats. Tea Partiers and right wingers could vote for whoever the Republicans choose to trot out and appeal to their Racist, Homophobic, anti-women, Latino hating selves.

    Sounds like a party.

    April 20, 2010 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  9. Jim

    Republican leadership and Responsible leadership don't often collide in the same sentence. Oh, wait, it's responsible to back a Republican President like a bunch of Yes Men, but the moment a Democrat gets elected, it's No No No. Please, at least base your political rhetoric on reality a little bit.

    April 20, 2010 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  10. AF.

    Go take a bath, Cantor. Rubio is a kind of guy which will defend Republican Party not American people. Charlie Crist is the backbone of Florida people. We all love Crist for what he has done for us. rubio is a moneywaster.

    April 20, 2010 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  11. 305 for Real

    I live in Florida and this is a classic case of nut jobs vs. common sense. Charlie Crist has the interest of the people of Florida at heart while the rest of the neo-cons are busy trying to win elections. I hope he runs as an independent and beat the pants off this Rubio. Most Democrats and middle of the road Republicans will vote for him.

    April 20, 2010 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  12. Florida Joe

    Who cares who this clown endorses?????

    April 20, 2010 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  13. once upon a horse

    well one thing is for sure Eric Cantor can NEVER make fun of President Obama's ears...this guy looks like he came from another planet. And it gets worse when he opens his mouth. But one thing he does well is represent the current Republican party, which is why I think they are going to get a real big surprise this November

    April 20, 2010 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  14. Darrel from Denver

    This should show you where Rubio sits. If Cantor is endorsing him, then Rubio is simply a shill for the Republicans.

    We don't need another neo-con or right wing religious fanatic or power hungry in it for themselves politician.

    We need someone sane, with their own backbone, and with enough personal principle to stand on their own.

    Anyone Cantor is for, I am automatically against. Wish I could vote in that State.

    April 20, 2010 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  15. ra

    it's amazing this guy Rubio is running as an outsider bringing change and taking us back to the warm and fuzzy times. yet look who is endorsing him the good ole boys club called the republican party. Are Floridians that stupid to think he will actually do anything? I think not look at that goof ball from Massechuasetts.

    April 20, 2010 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  16. vette gal

    Yeah, right.....so Cantor thinks responsible leadership is now someone who uses credit cards that aren't his for personal purchases? If Florida elects Rubio they deserve what they get, another dishonest politician only in politics for their own good, not for the good of the people.

    April 20, 2010 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  17. Dean

    Who cares what the Minority Wimp Eric Cantor has to say

    April 20, 2010 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  18. D. Bunker

    It's wonderful that the GOP extremists will make it so easy for sane voters this year: If a lying weasel like Cantor endorses a candidate, you'll know the right vote is for the other one.

    April 20, 2010 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
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