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. johnnyhouse

    I hope it is a right decision and not one of the worst decisions being made now in our government and our future. If our founding fathers saw the policies that are being fed to us now they would quake in their boots. They fought a battle, and won a country, againest the very same things we now face.

    April 20, 2010 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  2. Prentice Ables

    Why would anyone endorse someone running for public office that has a history of misusing public funds, lack or real experience, or unwiling to even furnish his IRS records. It has been documented that he has been using his campaign contributions for personal use by him, his wife, and several others working on his campaign. He is the poster child for what is wrong with our elected officials, using their position to enhance their own financial position, ignoring the concerns of the electorate, and pushing an agenda of the ultra rightwing.

    April 20, 2010 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  3. rs

    And so another moderate is sacrificed, and the downward spiral to an ever-righter Republican Party continues. Sad.

    April 20, 2010 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  4. Greg, San Francisco, CA

    Hope Crist goes the independent route and splits the Rep vote.

    April 20, 2010 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  5. Abe Rosenberg

    This is just another example of MSM liberal bias. Liberal bias has become such a common event that it often slips past millions of people. The banner on the main page to this article was, "Bad news for big Republican". Most Republicans don't consider Charlie Crist to be a big Republican. In fact, I suspect that his name recognition would not even be in the top ten of all Republicans in a general poll (just off the top of my head Romney, Jindal, Gingrich, Huckabee, McCain, Palin, Petraeus, Rudy, Cantor, Boehner, Perry, Pawlenty are all "bigger" Republicans than Crist). It would seem that the more appropriate title to the article would be, "Rising GOP star receives another high profile endorsement".
    There's a reason why ratings for the MSM has dipped to an all-time low. Objectivity no longer seems to be a virtue.

    April 20, 2010 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  6. Rob

    It's unfortunate that the GOP has abandoned Crist. I think it is a huge mistake. Just because he isn't towing the line of obstructionism and votes people before party. I know he has a lot of support from teachers after vetoing the Jeb Bush backed the teacher pay bill. He will win as an independent and I hope he remembers how the GOP abondoned him.

    April 20, 2010 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  7. JR

    "Bad sign", hell I would have thought being someone that Cantor was against would be a major boon to any campaign.

    April 20, 2010 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  8. Carl Justus

    We are having the republican move so far to the right they will hopefully fall off the cliff.

    We need to send moderates to congress from both sides of the fence so they can represent this great courtry instead of extremists that only want to further the special interests control over the country while filling their pockets with cash and perks such as exotic vacations around the world at the expense of lobbyists who own them.

    April 20, 2010 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  9. John Metsopoulos

    Hve you seen the condition of Florida, high crime, bad roads, budget out of control, jobs fleeing the state etc. according to national studies (leaque of Cities etc.) and Marco rubio was Speaker while this was occurring and yet he pretends he had nothing to do with it. He was Speaker of the House and was ineffective imagine how he will be as US Seantor

    April 20, 2010 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  10. al in memphis

    The NRSC had endorsed Crist, but was prepared to shift its backing to Rubio.

    Go where the polls go– if you really believe Crist was qualified for the job months ago, then why change now and back the other guy . Does it have anything to do with Crist in a photo shaking Obama hand?

    Funny, how we select our best and brightest to lead this country.

    April 20, 2010 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  11. jim

    all we want is for the republicans to be part of the solution process. if they can stop being part of the problem, all the scorn will go away.

    April 20, 2010 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  12. sd

    I hope Charlie runs as an independent..he will mop the floor w/Rubio. No intelligent Florida voters care who these Republicans endorse anyway so it will make no difference in the long run. The Democrats and independents outnumber these radicals ...Go Charlie!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    April 20, 2010 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  13. Sarah the baby seal basher

    People that want to believe lies,love Rubio and Canter.

    April 20, 2010 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  14. diridi

    Bad sign for Republicans. What do you expect. Last year, Bears and sterns, now Sachs. Nation needs to pass this financial reform. Brainless guys say no like Mitch McConnol...etc., idiots, and thugs. I do not give hoot to GOP thugs...ok, Nation needs strong fiscal Diravitives, which turn transperency...ok, Brain less thugs, GOP, listen, to this wise American....I was In India last week...ok, Now here...

    April 20, 2010 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  15. Lisa M.

    I never thought that Charlie Krist would look good to me as a candidate. This Rubio is just another know it all who knows nothing. As far as Eric Kantor goes yuck!

    April 20, 2010 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  16. Northwest

    A bird of a feather flocks togather .Enough said you get the idea.

    April 20, 2010 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  17. Harry Baxter

    Seriously, what is an endorsement from Eric Cantor worth? Rudy Guiliani also endorsed Rubio, and that's a net minus to any intelligent voter. Rudy's the guy who said that there were no attacks on American soil during the Bush Administration. Can this guy have forgotten that the attacks nearly blew him out of bed in his illicit lovenest on 9/11??

    April 20, 2010 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  18. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    It seems that a whole bunch of people are jumping in on elections that they have no business getting involved with because they don't live in that state or district.

    April 20, 2010 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  19. double standard

    Another kiss of death !!

    April 20, 2010 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  20. Dan, TX

    We don't want no centrists in the republican party!

    April 20, 2010 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  21. A Guy

    Republicans "responsible" ??

    Now there's an oxymoron.

    Oh, unless you meant, responsible for the terrible economy, responsible for runaway spending, responsible for ruining our nation's reputation on the world stage, etc, etc etc

    April 20, 2010 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  22. Perry

    The Republicans are fighting for their political lives and jobs. But they chose the wrong tactic.

    Wouldn't it have been nice if everyone reserved judgment on the policies of the new young president to see if they helped our situation or harmed it?

    Imagine that..

    April 20, 2010 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  23. barry g

    Only have one comment. How can anyone in their right mind, Democrat, REpublican or Independent vote for the party of NO?

    April 20, 2010 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  24. david, CA

    One liar endorsing another!

    April 20, 2010 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  25. Kentucky

    The Republicans continue to move further to the right. There is no middle ground anymore for them. Everything is black and white to Republicans. Its sad.

    April 20, 2010 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
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