(CNN) - California Republicans Meg Whitman and Carly Fiorina took a pass when it came to appearing with Sarah Palin and Michael Steele during a get-out-the-vote rally last week.
Not so with Marco Rubio.
The Florida Senate candidate announced Monday he will appear with the former Alaska governor and RNC chairman at a "victory rally" in Orlando this Saturday, a week after Whitman, the GOP California gubernatorial candidate, and Fiorina, who is running for Senate in the Democratic-leaning state, cited scheduling conflicts in their decision not to stand alongside Palin and Steele.
Palin proved to be a popular figure in Florida during the 2008 campaign, where her rallies regularly drew far more attendees than those of the man on the top of the GOP presidential ticket, Sen. John McCain. Add to that Barack Obama's sagging approval rating in the state (recent polls have it at below 40 percent) and Palin seems like a surefire bet to fire up a broad swath of Sunshine State voters.