October 19th, 2009
06:55 PM ET
13 years ago

Inhofe endorses Rubio in Florida Senate race

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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.

Filed under: Marco Rubio
soundoff (24 Responses)
  1. Ken in Gainesville

    A radical nut endorsing a radical nut. Go figure!

    October 19, 2009 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  2. Debbie

    LOL! So the guy from Oklahoma is so aware of what's happening in Florida! Just bet Oklahoma can't wait for the Cuban population to move to Oklahoma since they have such a handle on things! LOL

    October 19, 2009 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  3. Dylan from MN

    Ah sweet, you got endorsed by a moron!

    October 19, 2009 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  4. Jim in Florida

    I am supporting Rubio. Charlie Crist is just another cheap suit populist politician – one thing you can be sure of – Crist will look out for Crist first if elected Senator from Florida.

    Meanwhile the media attempts to paint Rubio as some kind of far right wing nut.

    The media's enemy is my friend.

    October 19, 2009 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  5. Albo58

    Charlie Crist is NOT what Florida needs in the Senate! We already have Democrat Party stooge in Sen. Nelson sitting in the Senate that is NOT listening to his constituency. We don't need another!

    October 19, 2009 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  6. Jim

    Why would anyone want Senator Inhofe's endorsement? It seems like there is a race inside the Republican party to prove who is the nuttiest right wing nut!

    October 19, 2009 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  7. victim of republican greed

    Well that does it! Bye, Bye, Marco

    October 19, 2009 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  8. Annie, Atlanta

    I love the way the Republicans hate the stimulus money unless they're the ones handing out the oversized checks for the camera. Do they think we're all ignorant?

    October 19, 2009 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  9. W l Jones

    We could reduce big Government by one if the out of state Senator resign and stop wasting our tax money.. Said enough.

    October 19, 2009 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  10. victim of republican greed

    They even have a room reserved for Marco at "C" Street.

    October 19, 2009 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  11. victim of republican greed

    Inhofe and DeMint represent what is wrong with the republican party.

    October 19, 2009 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  12. GI Joe

    All the OK Senators believe they were selected by God (at C-Street) to lead the peons of this world.

    Pray for Tornados to get rid of the hypocrisy of the OK Senators.

    October 19, 2009 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  13. Kate in SW Fla

    OMG, look at the two endorsements. Two of the worst, most far right, partisan obstructionists in the Senate.

    October 19, 2009 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  14. Carmen

    Another way Republicans are just clueless. This guy has no hope of winning! Absolutely no chance, yet these idiot Republicans are rushing to back him because Rubio's irrationally right-wing. It makes no sense. It's like they want to become even more irrelevant than they already are.

    October 19, 2009 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  15. richard

    it's obvious the republican has to battle with the so-call conservative in there party which is not doing any good to them.

    October 19, 2009 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  16. OK

    I agree with Inhofe on the global warming, it's just a theory, one that is sensationalized by al gore's fear mongering. It sure is funny that several areas are having record low temps this year. Oh well, I guess al has to make a living somehow. If Rubio wins, I hope he will stand up against this wasteful administration that will break this country if they spending like they are doing.

    October 19, 2009 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  17. Say it isn't so...

    Far right fundamentalists endorse far right candidate...
    And the sun rises in the East...shocking.

    Meanwhile, establishment GOPers back another establishment Republican towards their corporate opportunism for status quo...
    Wow, and the sun still sets in the West...you betcha!

    October 19, 2009 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  18. Gary 3

    I would vote for Crist. Every time we elect a Democrat with end up with bigger government, more regulation and higher taxes....and yet our healthcare costs go up anyway and our education system continues to be bad. We need more Republicans in office.

    October 19, 2009 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  19. Jamie

    What else is it that Okies believe? Oh yeah, the Earth is four thousand years old. Oh wait.... that's Alaskans.

    October 19, 2009 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
  20. annie against biased news

    Maybe this will wake-up the repubbies – no more good 'ole boys club. Did you hear that mccain & graham?

    October 19, 2009 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
  21. Interceptor

    Inhofe is a very popular mainstream Republican who should put his money where his mouth is and run for President in 2012. Only Inhofe can unit the GOP.

    Inhofe / Palin 2012

    October 19, 2009 10:35 pm at 10:35 pm |
  22. joel palmer

    All you need to know is that Inhofe supports him to know that this guy is a sure fire ;loser

    October 19, 2009 10:49 pm at 10:49 pm |
  23. Shelly CO

    Pleeeeze I get tired of hearing the GOP toads croaking that the spending by the Democrats is out of control. Do I have to remind them that their Prince Charming(s), Bush/Cheney left the Lily Pond bone dry. They left a massive deficit, did not record the escalating cost of the fake Iraq war in the books, gave nice tax cuts to the rich and ignored the poor, unemployed or sick!
    All the GOP toads need to eat some flies to provide nourishment for their diminishing brains!

    October 19, 2009 11:13 pm at 11:13 pm |
  24. T Mckinley

    James Inhofe says that Marco Rubio will "stand up for the American taxpayers, not with...dangerous big government spending."

    Hmmm..."dangerous big government spending?"

    What about the dangerous big government spending on a war based on phony intelligence and lies? (over 1 TRILLION I believe)

    What about the dangerous big government spending that Dick Cheney, Liz Cheney, William Kristol, and Project for a New American Century want to do in turning the United States into a GIGANTIC MILITARY EMPIRE that will spend untold TRILLIONS bombing and invading every last country who "dares" to defy us?

    Will Mark Rubio stand up for the American taxpayers on THESE issues?

    October 19, 2009 11:57 pm at 11:57 pm |