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WASHINGTON (CNN) - Another out-of-state conservative is weighing in on the Florida Republican Senate primary, and this time Marco Rubio is the beneficiary.
The former Florida House Speaker has snagged the endorsement of Oklahoma Sen. James Inhofe, who said in a statement Monday that Rubio "will stand up for America's taxpayers, not with President Obama and dangerous big government spending."
Inhofe's remark is a jab at Rubio's opponent, Gov. Charlie Crist, the better-funded frontrunner for the Senate nomination. Crist has the backing of national Republicans, but has drawn the ire of conservative activists for his support for President Obama's stimulus package.
The Oklahoma senator has earned a reputation as one of the country's leading skeptics of global warming, and has called the theory "a hoax." Rubio doesn't agree. Asked to comment on Inhofe's crusade against global warming, a Rubio spokesman pointed to a May interview with The American Spectator in which the Senate hopeful said he does not challenge the claims of global warming.
Inhofe is the second GOP senator to endorse Rubio after South Carolina's Jim DeMint did so over the summer.