May 5th, 2010
09:09 AM ET
8 years ago

Jeb Bush formally endorses Marco Rubio

Florida Republican Marco Rubio, pictured, has received the endorsement of former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush.

Florida Republican Marco Rubio, pictured, has received the endorsement of former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush.

(CNN) - Add Jeb Bush to Team Rubio.

The popular former Florida governor formally endorsed fellow Republican Marco Rubio's U.S. Senate bid on Wednesday.

"Washington is broken, and Marco Rubio is the only candidate in this race that I trust to help fix it," says Bush, in a statement released by the Rubio campaign.

Bush will team up with Rubio on the campaign trail Friday night at the Pasco County Reagan Day Dinner, according to the Rubio campaign.

The former Florida house speaker, once an underdog in the GOP Senate primary battle, has now all but secured the nomination. Florida Gov. Charlie Crist, the one time front-runner for the Republican nod, was a distant second in recent GOP primary polls. Last week, Crist announced he was dropping out of the primary battle and will run for Senate as a non-party-affiliated candidate.

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Wednesday's endorsement should not come as any surprise as Bush has been increasingly critical of Crist in the past few months.

Following Crist's announcement last week, Bush said he wasn't surprised, adding "This decision is not about policy or principles. It is about what he believes is in his political self-interest."

–CNN Political Producer Peter Hamby contributed to this report.

Filed under: 2010 • Florida • Jeb Bush • Marco Rubio
soundoff (58 Responses)
  1. rickymo

    Jeb Bush? Another one of those Bush losers...who cares?

    May 5, 2010 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  2. Chipster

    Why shouldn't Jeb Bush support Rubio. Neither he nor his brother George have any regard for the Constitution. They have at least that much in common with Rubio. The Bush boys and Rubio all support moving our country to a Theocracy – well, as long as they get to chose the religious doctrines.

    May 5, 2010 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  3. Michael

    Right-wing extremism is the biggest obstacle to fixing this country; it has never been the solution.

    May 5, 2010 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  4. Anonymous

    Jeb Bush endorsing this rightwing nut tells me that I will vote for Crist as an independent. These have been politicians, some of the same one's who help bring our country almost to it's knees, want us to trust another trickle down economic alpha-hotel to be the senator of our state. The good people of Florida are not that stupid.

    May 5, 2010 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  5. Deborah/Kansas City

    People in Florida might want to remember who it was that broke Washington, George Bush.

    May 5, 2010 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  6. wayne

    Too bad he's no longer Governor. Rubio would be ASSURED to win! Just like brother George.

    May 5, 2010 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  7. sonny chapman

    Does Jeb think that his brother & Daddy have anything to do w/"Washington being broken"?

    May 5, 2010 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  8. Rani McBride

    Oh! What a Suprise!

    May 5, 2010 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  9. Duck Fallas

    Washington is broken, and I know who did it.

    (Hint: He knows it's hard to put food on your family.)

    May 5, 2010 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  10. Dean

    One more reason not to vote for the guy.

    May 5, 2010 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  11. Michael Armstrong Sr.

    The third times a charm Jeb Bush for president in 2012 .

    May 5, 2010 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  12. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Jeb Bush, "Washington is broken", he ought to know because his brother George W. Bush darn near destroyed this country and left. Jeb Bush is trying to find his way in the WH and if Florida is smart they would recognize their boy Rubio is being bought and paid for by the Bush's and Cheneys. Wakeup Florida and know the price of political endorsements, NO MORE BUSHES.

    May 5, 2010 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  13. Jack

    Here you have Rubio strutting around as this new kind of Republican, tea party leaning guy, and he gets Jeb to stomp for him. That's Jeb like in the Bush Republican dynasty. Who is looking like the real independent thinker now? Crist is. If Crist pulls this off the Republicans in FL will crash and burn . It will take years for them to recover. They abandoned Crist, so why should he care about them? All the Republicans got paranoid of the tea party and jumped on their bandwagon abandoning a good Republican like Crist. If you go whichever way the wind blows, be careful. It changes.

    May 5, 2010 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  14. g ontario

    theres reason not to vote for him drill baby drill

    May 5, 2010 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  15. Lee, Ann Arbor Michigan

    Man, after a 1 1/2 years with the Obama administration, any Bush looks good now.

    May 5, 2010 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  16. Brian

    And in a matter of a week, Rubio becomes the darling of the nationalized, centric Republican Party. Whoops, so much for being an outsider...

    May 5, 2010 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  17. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    I can care less about who endorses Rubio. I'm more concerned about his, I mean the republican party's credit card scam. I think if Rubio gets elected, he'll be cought up in a scandal within 2 years.

    May 5, 2010 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  18. Tampa Mike

    As a florida republican, i will never vote for this guy. The entire gop in florida has sold out for a small group of extreme right wingers.

    As a moderate, I am changing my status to independant. I am saddened by what has happened to the republican party and now I hear all this noise about no miranda rights...jesus, what has happened to the party of lincoln??

    May 5, 2010 10:16 am at 10:16 am |

    Jeb needs to shut up and jab himself with some knowledge.

    May 5, 2010 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  20. Monrob

    A Cuban-American politician is going to fix DC?

    Jeb Bush is insane.

    May 5, 2010 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  21. sensible Cape Coral FL

    OMG To think I used to admire Bush. Not now. He has simply made too many bad judgements starting with Terri Shciavo and now this>

    May 5, 2010 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  22. No Incumbents 2010

    Rubio is a young, ambitious establishment candidate endorsed by Washington establishment politicians. Crist is a working governor not beholden to party leaders and free to advocate for what is best for Florida.

    May 5, 2010 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  23. John N Florida

    Why in the world would Jeb Bush throw his support to his hand picked puppet from the Florida legislature? That just doesn't make sense.

    May 5, 2010 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  24. Tammy

    Hey Jeb, it is about time you endorsed Marco. Wish you will still Governor!!!!

    May 5, 2010 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  25. Zach K

    Kiss of Death. Florida should be lucky that they are governed under Crist than that joke called John Ellis.

    May 5, 2010 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
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