April 20th, 2010
01:27 PM ET
13 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. Journalism 101

    Why does CNN always choose to frame GOP news with a negative tone?

    The home page headline at 10:16 a.m., April 20:
    "Ticker: Bad sign for big Republican"

    But the story is about conservative Rubio getting an endorsement. So the headline could have been framed with a positive tone as well.

    "Ticker: Good sign for Marco Rubio" (same length)

    Newsbusters has already called you on this type of yellow journalism. Yet, you continue the practice, and that's just unprofessional.

    April 20, 2010 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  2. Ryan

    Why is this news? Who cares who these liars and scumbags endorse? If Florida is dumb enough to vote Republican after all they've been caught doing and not doing then they can sleep in the bed they make and zip it.

    You want your district or state broke as a joke? Then vote GOP so you too can end up like South Carolina, California, or Kentucky, or Virginia etc. Pretty much every southern state is being run into the ground because they have a surplus of low-education voters and misinformed rednecks.

    April 20, 2010 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  3. Barbara Independent in NY

    Message to any Republican that might actually think for themselves–the Republican party does NOT want you. They only want good little "Stepford" Republicans.

    Message to CNN–There is NO "grassroots" conservative movement. This "movement" is a product of Dick Armey, special interest groups and corporations, as well as high paid Lobbyists.

    And really–mealy mouthed Cantor is a rising star?

    April 20, 2010 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  4. A Southern Lady in North Carolina

    This is but another example of the Republican Party supporting the far-right candidate (Rubio) in place of the respected Gov. Crist. At the rate they are going, only the "pure" Republicans will remain in the Party, that means those who only vote along party lines and do what they are told by Boss Limbaugh and the nut on Fox, Glenn Beck. This may look good at Republican gatherings but, in the general elecation, voters want to elect those who act in the best interests of the country not the Party and work for the average Americans to get the job done. How did this happen to the once-proud Republicans?

    April 20, 2010 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  5. The Unsub

    I guess Crist didn't pass the republican Purity Test. An endorsement from Cantor is meaningless. He is not a factor.

    April 20, 2010 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  6. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    Who cares what this moron says?

    April 20, 2010 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  7. rdepontb

    The Republicans are finally getting the message that it's "out with the old, in with the new," of which Cantor is (relatively speaking).

    Poor Crist; he hardly had a chance to make waves; that white hair and familiar face seem to have tagged him as someone who needs to be helped on his way out.

    April 20, 2010 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  8. capnmike

    It is a tribute to the incredible stupidity of the population that ANYBODY in their right mind would vote for e Republican, or even believe a word they say.

    April 20, 2010 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  9. lmj

    Well, if Cantor is for him, then I am agains him.

    April 20, 2010 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  10. Steph

    Run as an independent Crist! Your party has thrown you under the bus after touting you as a great moderate leader.

    April 20, 2010 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  11. Anonymous

    Crist – go rogue! All of a sudden there is this major shift in support becuase the polls show you trailing, so dump the dead weight of the Republican party. Force their hand and run as an Independent.
    Elections are becoming whitch hunts even within one's own party at the same time these groups are calling for more control by citiizens.

    April 20, 2010 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  12. TCM

    It's no shocker. Crist sold out the state with his slobbering all over Obama...and the country wants to remain center-right, and leave the loonie left antics of Obama. Rubio is a step in the right direction....more to follow...in November...and obama will be a lame duck for 2 long years...of teleprompting "rah rah," and blaming it on Bush...

    April 20, 2010 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  13. Don

    When you have no leader you go whatever way the wind blows and it is definitely blowing hard right.

    April 20, 2010 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  14. Michael Bindner

    If the GOP wishes to commit electoral suicide by forcing out the moderates, who am I to argue with them.

    April 20, 2010 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  15. RandyT

    Like so many lower life forms, eating their own.

    Soon there will be zero, no a negative number like negative (-)100 moderate Republicans. Even if they win back the house and senate the American people will soon see these radicals will not know how to run the government they hate so much – oh other than to hand out welfare to corporations.

    April 20, 2010 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  16. j

    The Republicans are already too far to the right. They don't need to embrace more extreme views. To be honest, the conservative extremist look a lot like hard-liners in some of the Middle Eastern countries. Too rigid, too uncompromising, too anti-constitution and Bill of Rights.

    April 20, 2010 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  17. Concerned4Fla

    Florida needs a senator who represents Florida–not the republican party. Rubio held a leadership position in our Statehouse that led to over $2 BILLION dollars in deficits. This was while loosening regulations on development and new home construction that have led to the total and complete tanking of our real estate market down here. So, in summary, who gives a %$!& what Eric Cantor has to say? That man doesn't live here.

    April 20, 2010 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  18. Leslie

    Cantor is such a jerk, when a republican changes his mind it is a "crossroad", when a Democrat changes his mind it's "flip-flopping"!

    April 20, 2010 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  19. Deb

    Run independent Crist since your party don't want you.

    April 20, 2010 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  20. James Miller

    The Republicans have a single mind. Sound like a bunch of "stepford men". For me, I want my Senator or Rep. to represent ME and his constituants, not some other part of the nation.--- This "lock step" thinking just doesn`t make sense to me. -- I`ll vote NO every time on this.--– Where has my old GOP gone??????

    April 20, 2010 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  21. Richard

    Mr. Preston, your news item is unintelligible. House Minority Whip, who is a member of the Federal House of Representatives from VIRGINIA, endorses a candidate running for the Federal Senatorial Seat in FLORIDA. How is that relevant? You say that grass roots activists are conservative, when it appears to us on the outside that the grass roots movement in America is distinctly Libertarian and against both Democratic and Republican established Party Politics. I question your objectivity as a Reporter.

    April 20, 2010 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  22. A disgusted former Republican

    Just another example of the stupid endorsing the blind. Who cares?

    April 20, 2010 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  23. Luke Brown

    Cantor is part of the Tear Down America Party in Congress. Sensible Republicans like Crist are the ones who need to be in Congress. If he ran as an Independent, he'd win ... plus he wouldn't be obligated to irresponsible Republican like this guy.

    April 20, 2010 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  24. HypocriCNNation

    Score One For "The Gymp!", And La (The) Republican Resistance!

    April 20, 2010 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  25. Susan

    Great !!
    We need more people like Rubio and Hayworth in GOP. This will make Dems tasks easy.

    I do not think any sane independant will favor Rubio/Hayworth type politicians.

    April 20, 2010 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
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