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. Adalbert

    Rubio is an incompetent right wing fanatic. He is not even remotely qualified to be in the US senate and bush knows that.

    May 5, 2010 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  2. katiec

    State, county, local government spent like there was no tomorrow.
    Am sure there is still alot of waste and the politicians need to tighten their belts, especially with what is spent on staff etc.
    In our state pension plans have gotten totally out of control, all state employees retiring with a very comfortable income.
    There will be much discomfort in coming months, years, but, just maybe it will bring back some accountability to how governments operate.

    May 5, 2010 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  3. Gary a proud Canadian

    How is this a good endorsement? His brother ran your country into the ground, almost destroyed the world economy and you RETARDS think getting a bush endorsement is a good idea. Maybe in your back woods thinking, banjo playing, redneck districts but hopefully most americans can see past cnn and fox news idea of a good america and elect intelligent forward thinking people not hate mongers like palin,limbaugh, mcconnell, boenher and beck.

    May 5, 2010 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  4. American Patriot

    Rubio is a yes man. Thats why the GOP supports him. He is"pure" and will do what he is told.

    <--- Former Republican

    May 5, 2010 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  5. Kevin

    This is not newsworthy, largely because it is completely unsurprising. The Bush family is (thankfully) yesterday's news, and most of the American electorate no longer cares what they or their cronies think about the national political discourse. We'd rather attend to cleaning up the MANY legal, diplomatic, economic, and military messes they made. I know CNN's raison d'etre is "access" at the expense of objectivity and integrity, but enough is enough.

    May 5, 2010 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  6. Terry in Iowa

    Is Florida sure they want a representative that despises the US Constitution and appears to hate the American way. Just yesterday, Rubio suggested that an American citizen, Faisal Shahzad, should not have been read his Miranda rights. He may want to read the 5th Amendment. I am wondering, which Americans does he believe should have these rights and which ones shouldn’t.

    I understand that his disgust for the Constitution is consistent with most in the Tea Party, but our Constitution has served us well.

    May 5, 2010 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  7. Dano

    If Marco Rubio is the amswer to our country's problems (God help us!), then Jeb is asking the wrong questions. Living in Florida I've followed Rubio's political career and he's as corrupt as they come. Jeb obviously isn't as bright as he's been given credit for, or else he's totally sold out to the highest bidder.

    May 5, 2010 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  8. Al-NY,NY

    "You broke my heart Fredo..YOU BROKE MY HEART"....smooch

    May 5, 2010 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  9. RAG

    Well, there you go. I had my suspicions that Marco Rubio was a plutocrat machine facist scumbag.

    An endorsement by Jeb Bush , co-author of the Project of the New American Century, makes that a certainty. It is now clear that Marco Rubio is a pawn for the same crew that gave us illegal wars of convenience, unregulated Wall Street, unregulated Oil companies, secret prisons, torture, astro-turf brown shirts, lies, legislative obstruction and a diabolical unprincipled lust for perpetual political power.

    Time for a change. Thats what America wants. Thats what we elected by a wide margin. Thats what the Marco Rubio and his controlling cabal can't stand.

    May 5, 2010 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  10. Vince

    Jeb left Florida 2 billion dollars in debt and now he wants to help Rubio finish us off. Let's just hope the FBI investigation into Rubio's crooked behavior pans out!

    May 5, 2010 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  11. Liz the First

    Another good reason to vote for the Democrat! if a bush likes a candidate, he's probably as bad as it gets. the last thing we need in the senate is another bushie!

    May 5, 2010 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  12. Virginia

    I wish the Bush babboon would keep his nose out of Florida politics.

    May 5, 2010 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  13. Avg Guy in Red State Kansas

    "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.' "

    You gotta love this guy. It sounds like Mr. Bush is doing "what he believes is in his political self-interest." Mr. Bush and Mr. Rubio were probably twins separated at birth. What a pair.

    They're just a pair of hypocritical pin heads!

    May 5, 2010 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  14. Dave Harris

    Since Bush was governor, the Republicans have been running Florida like it's their personal fiefdom. They've got the districts gerrymandered to assure their continuous reelection so that they can continue to sell out the people of Florida to every crooked special interest there is. Like the Tea Party says, it's time to "throw the bums out".

    May 5, 2010 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  15. john316

    I think they need to add Dick Cheney, Limbaugh, and Palin to the mix, and then get eveyone on Fox for a BBQ......

    May 5, 2010 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  16. GL

    The popular former Florida governor formally endorsed fellow Republican Marco Rubio's U.S. Senate bid on Wednesday.
    So Rubio- who using his government visa card to take care of his family needs, is the guy the Repulicans are rooting for. Crooks backing other crooks. Republicans are not Fiscal Responsible or Christian – just in name only. All you have to do is check all their reports. Republicans are the one for the last eight years that spend like crazy and they are the ones with the most cheaters on their wifes. HYPROCRITES is what they all have become. Lets just act like Rubio didn't misuse his government credit card and lets just forgive Standford for all his dirty deeds.

    May 5, 2010 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  17. Bill from GA

    Gov. Crist got a lot of criticism over his photo with President Obama, and for accepting aid from the stimulus program. Has Rubio answered, definitively, whether he would have taken the funds for Florida or let the state suffer through the recession without the Federal help? Has Rubio said how he would have solved Florida's economic woes? Do tea-baggers, or Jeb Bush, for that matter, dare to face the reality of the economic crisis, and how much worse it would be without Federal aid?

    It's easy to criticize the governor when you aren't making the tough decisions; it's dishonest to do so when, like Jeb Bush, you have been there yourself.

    May 5, 2010 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  18. Russ

    A Bush endorsement............Eeeeeeeewwwwwwwww. I think Mickey Mouse or even Goofy would carry more weight!! But then, look who he is endorsing.

    May 5, 2010 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  19. David

    A Bush supporting the Republican candidate? How is this news?

    May 5, 2010 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  20. FloridaRepublican

    I love watching as Jeb(!) and the boys circle the wagons to protect their golden boy! What a great support mechanism for Rubio...having the Bush name attached to his candidacy. Rubio could have done so much better by keeping a distance from Bush, Cheney and that gang.

    Can it get any better than this for Crist?

    May 5, 2010 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  21. NotPoliticallyCorrect

    In 2010, how can this endorsement not be the "kiss of death."

    May 5, 2010 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  22. Ethan

    What a shock. Rubio has always been the neocon posterboy, nothing more. Support Kendrick Meek to support the Middle Class!

    May 5, 2010 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  23. j williamson

    I was breathlessly awaiting this tid-bit (not!) Does anyone (outside of the Bush family) really care about what the Bushies are thinking?

    May 5, 2010 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  24. Marty, FL

    Trust Rubio? No way, especially after his abuses of the RPOF credit card for personal use and glaring hypocrisy on gambling & stimulus.

    No more Bushes and their cronies, period.

    May 5, 2010 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  25. Jim

    The great irony of this is Rubio started his run claiming to be the "outsider". Now Rubio has been taken fully into the fold and Crist is the independent and is bucking the establishment.

    May 5, 2010 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
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