April 20th, 2010
01:27 PM ET
12 years ago

A top House Republican to endorse Rubio

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/03/29/art.cantor0328.gi.jpg caption ="House Minority Whip Eric Cantor will endorse Marco Rubio for Senate in Florida on Tuesday."]Washington (CNN) - House Minority Whip Eric Cantor Tuesday will endorse Marco Rubio for Senate, the latest high profile Republican to do so in recent days, two GOP sources familiar with the announcement confirm to CNN.

The endorsement comes as many national Republicans believe that the one-time front runner for the Republican Senate nomination in Florida, Gov. Charlie Crist, will run an independent bid for the open seat. Recent polling indicates that Rubio, the former Florida House Speaker, leads Crist in the GOP primary by double digits.

"We are a nation at a crossroads, and we need responsible leadership in Washington," Cantor is expected to say in his endorsement. "Marco Rubio is just the type of leader our country needs and will make an excellent Senator for the State of Florida."

On Monday, the chief strategist for the National Republican Senatorial Committee told GOP allies it is his belief that Crist will leave the GOP primary. The NRSC had endorsed Crist, but was prepared to shift its backing to Rubio.

Cantor, a congressmen from Virginia, is considered to be a rising star in the party. His endorsement is another sign that the Republican establishment is embracing Rubio's candidacy, which has been fueled in the past year by conservative, grass roots activists.


Filed under: 2010 • Eric Cantor • Florida • Marco Rubio
soundoff (218 Responses)
  1. Todd

    contor and romney endorsments is all anyone should need to know. rubio is a dbag and a nut. Christ would do his state and the nation a great service by running as an independant. He may not appeal to the nut case right wing base of the gop, but he is far more in line with the voters of Florida, and not a dangerous extremist.

    Remember cantor making up stories about his offices geting shot at? What a freakin tool. Lying about anything and everything he can think of. Lying about the preisdent TOO THE PRESIDENT at the health care summit. Of course, the President being both 100 times more intelligent, 1100 times more in charge of the facts, and far more the gentleman put this whack in his place without being straight out rude.

    April 20, 2010 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  2. Seattle Sue

    I never believe or care for Eric Cantor's opinion.

    April 20, 2010 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  3. JR

    Keep running to the right... yeah... that's the ticket.

    April 20, 2010 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  4. Tim from Tampa

    Rubio can't even be trusted with his State of Florida Republican Party credit card. Actually, I guess that does make him qualified for the senate.

    April 20, 2010 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  5. ps, you are all a bunch of bullies and hypocrites

    Funny..so now they are endorsing a candidate who admitted to using RPOF funds for his own personal purposes to purchase haircuts, take family vacations, etc.

    Why don't you just admit you are scared of giving people a choice?

    April 20, 2010 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  6. katiec

    The fact that all the republicans have turned against Crist tells me he is the best nominee.
    Do hope he goes independent and wins by a big margin.

    April 20, 2010 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  7. so what?

    I hope Charlie Crist runs as an Independent and beat Cantor! Pie in your face! Don't need another Tea Party activist in the Senate!

    April 20, 2010 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  8. Joe

    Charlie, run as an independant. You have many peopel who like you in both parties!

    April 20, 2010 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  9. so what?

    I like Charlie Crist! Maybe the only decent republican in the party! Republicans don't like nice guys, they like arrogant repugnant fools!

    April 20, 2010 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  10. mike

    As a floridian, let me tell you this guy rubio is not what he appears to be. He has been involved in a number of scandals here all of which have made him wealthier. Its interesting that he is receiving all of these national endorsements when in state, he is viewed as a crook.

    This is one republican that will vote independant or democrate if this guy is the republican choice.....We here in florida know this guy is bad news....the rest of the country you need to wonder why your national republicans are backing this crook.

    April 20, 2010 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  11. TheTruthForOnce, NOT BS

    All you outsiders don't speak for us here in Florida, so why don't you mind your own business. Rubio isn't good for this state. We don't want Rubio. Rubio will lose! I'd rather have good time Charlie than narrow minded flip flopping rubio. Ahhh, now I can see why Romney and Cantor love Rubio! Birds of a feather flock together.

    April 20, 2010 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  12. Steve

    Charlie Crist is exactly what the national republican party needs. Rubio's claim to fame is " He would off not taken Barrack Obamas Stimulus funds". The whole Florida Senatorial campaign hinges on TheStimulus package. The Republican Party in Florida is in Shambles. Everyones running to the right. Never mind that when George Bush was president that medicare drug spending bill was just what the doctor ordered. Crist cut property taxes, vetoed Senate Bill 6 which tied half of public school teachers pay to standardized tests. His veto was very popular. He should run as an independant.

    April 20, 2010 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  13. Ryan D

    Who cares? Hey Eric – today I just called myself a Republican – guess I meet the qualifications of responsible leader now – should I put my name in the hat for an endorsement. You don't have to worry about my education level, willingness to help my constituents, or any other relevant stance I might hold.

    All politicians just blow with the political breeze. Wake Up America!!

    April 20, 2010 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  14. Ray E. (Georgia)

    Marco Rubio seems to portray the Pioneer Spirit that made this country great. Something that is sadly lacking in the current Adminstration.

    April 20, 2010 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  15. Clay

    Those of us who actually live in Florida could care less what Cantor, McCain or any other republican has to say about OUR election. I've heard the Cantor's song and, just like the rest of the republican choir, it only has one word: No. We're looking forward to having a Democrat elected, as are all educated and conscientious Floridians.

    April 20, 2010 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  16. FloridaRepublican

    So what? One party hack supporting another party hack. When will the "parties" begin to realize voter don't care what they think...much less say.

    April 20, 2010 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  17. joel palmer

    You are watching the slow death of the party of Lincoln

    April 20, 2010 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  18. Everyone's Child

    If Charlie Crist leaves the GOP he will be a better man for the job and he will win the election.

    April 20, 2010 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  19. Jax

    There is not main stream Republican party, there are no moderates. They have run them all out of the party. The Democrats need to make sure that they hit hard on the radical nature of this whole so called "movement." They seek smaller government, but total interference in your personal life. This isn't freedom. This is tryanny just as Thomas Jefferson railed against the tryanny of the mind on the altar of God. Enjoy your freedoms while you have them.

    April 20, 2010 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  20. cspurgeon

    Wow I am impressed. The recording machine endorse a recording machine. Both right as hell and not the place for me. I am hoping Crist comes out as a independent so I have someone to vote for other than the left. I am a centrist and will not support the right agenda....I guess I don't belong along with Crist..He has been a good govenor and governs in the middle for all of the people in Florida.

    April 20, 2010 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  21. Terry

    Ultra reactionary republicans are just mad that Crist has the guts to veto a punitive, education destroying bill-S.B. 6 rammed through the Florida legislative solely by right wing nut zealots! Independents like myself and moderate republicans plus even some democrats will support crist over an ultra conservative, Obama bashing, zealot amd party line hack like Rubio....!

    April 20, 2010 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  22. Kathleen

    With Politicians like Mitt Romney and Eric Cantor. rubio will be sure to LOSE!!!!

    April 20, 2010 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  23. Manny

    Cantor and the GOP are right to support Rubio. I am a hispanic conservative from Tampa, and Rubio represents the hispanic community proudly. We are so tired of Obama always including us with the african american community! We are nothing like the african american community, we are a conservative, church going, family first race of people. We work hard and pay taxes. We keep our homes and our communites clean and nice. When is the last time you have seen an all african american landscaping crew? or construction crew? or any type of manual labor? I bet you never have and I have not either. We do not want government handouts, we support Rubio, because he represents us and our values. Rubio is what the hispanic community has been waiting for!

    April 20, 2010 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  24. zanny

    Well now I am sure who I am voting for – anyone NOT endorsed by Eric Cantor What a jerk!!!! I will have to admit he is not as obnoxious and John Boener. I would donate to anyone running against him. I do not understand how anyone can continually lie with such a straight face. I think his constant smirk pretty much indicates lies are spewing from his lips. He would make a good program host on Fox. Maye they could have the Boener-Cantor Hour and see who could out lie the other.

    April 20, 2010 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  25. Ben in Texas

    We all remember Mr. Cantor from a week or two ago when he painted himself as a victim of liberal terrorism. Then we find out that the bullet the broke a window in the building where his office was had been randomly fired from a long distance away. Mr. Cantor was never threatened, but he never bothered to apologize for playing the victim.

    Now he endorses a guy who charged personal expenses on a GOP credit card. I don't believe Rubio apologized, either. So, you have 2 more guys who don't take responsibility, which is the GOP way. I have only heard of one Repugnant of any note who has acknowledge any wrongdoing in the Bush administration, which tells us that the entire party is chock full of people who don't take responsibility.

    You know, if they would repudiate Bush/Cheney and do some serious house cleaning, I might even listen to what they have to say. But, their actions (or inaction) speaks so much louder.

    April 20, 2010 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
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