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. Chris

    Boy you can see where this is coming from, the GOP want to get the Hispanic vote in the up coming elections. LOL....Crist do them in and split the vote and become an Independant. LOL He would more than likely squeak out a win by doing so.

    April 20, 2010 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  2. Mickey, NY

    Who cares what this turd in a three peice suit says? Boehnors' Mini-Me, Cantor the creep can't string two words of his own together.

    April 20, 2010 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  3. wally

    Cantor is not nor will he ever be a political star.

    April 20, 2010 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  4. FloridaRes

    IF you are a GOP moderate, forget about getting GOP support. The RNCC and GOP powers that be are more concerned about pacifying the Tea Party Baggers, right wing evangelicals than the moderates who make up the base of the party. They are the source of all the GOP-No's that have been making the citizens unhappy and untrusting of Congress.

    April 20, 2010 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  5. Chloe in Chatsworth, CA

    Run, Charlie, run. I'm a Democrat who has only voted for one Republican in my life, Arnold, but if I lived in Florida Christ would have my vote. He's exactly the kind of pragmatic leader we desperately need now that the fascist ideologues are trying to take over the Republican Party.

    April 20, 2010 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  6. Michelle

    Funny that Cantor waits until Rubio has "a double digit lead" to endorse him.

    April 20, 2010 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  7. gary

    They eat their own.

    April 20, 2010 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  8. Chris

    This is disgusting that Republicans have to live by a narrow litmus test and if you don't tow the line then you should forget about running. I really wonder why I bother being a Republican. No more big tent.

    April 20, 2010 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  9. DLinLA

    No suprise here. One pretty boy endorsing another pretty boy. Republicans LOVE to run shallow candidates with style but no substance. A life-sized cardboard cutout would be just as qualified as Rubio.

    April 20, 2010 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  10. SocialismBad

    Charlie Crist, ANOTHER victim of getting too close to Obama! These days you just DON'T want pictures out there or you hugging Odummie. I guess he deserves whatever he gets.

    April 20, 2010 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  11. RN

    So, when did the republicans protest against the excesses of Bush & Co? When did they cry out against his overspending?
    If all the republicans are going to do is say No – then maybe they should be fired so that we can get in some people willing to work for their salary. Endorsements do not mean a lot coming from the people leading the charge to sit on their hands and do nothing.

    April 20, 2010 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  12. John

    Not surprising that Cantor and the rest of the extreme Right wingnuts are endorsing a new wingnut like Rubio.
    Charlie Crist is just the kind of Moderate Republican that their party needs and they want to get rid of him. He is too sensible for them and I wish him well on his campaign as an independent.

    Don't vote party people...vote for sensible, intelligent problem solvers. As of this moment the Republican party has very few of those.

    April 20, 2010 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  13. 8 Years of King George II and now the Landed Gentry Scream “Let Them Eat Cake” to the Unemployed and Uninsured Serfs!

    "We are a nation at a crossroads, and we need responsible leadership in Washington,"

    I agree, resign!

    April 20, 2010 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  14. Marty, FL

    As if Floridians needed another reason to oppose the hypocritical lies from Rubio; the GOP establishment adds lying Cantor to the mix.
    No gracias.

    April 20, 2010 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  15. r

    Keep moving right! All the RepubliCons should keep marching right off the edge. They can easily corner the 25% of the electorate that believes their propaganda. Keep pushing right!!!

    April 20, 2010 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  16. Michael from Ventura

    Eric is always on the wrong side of the issue......what else is new?

    April 20, 2010 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  17. Operation Crush Rush

    Dont believe a lie Canter is selling,this scumbag loves Rush Limbaugh.

    April 20, 2010 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  18. patriot

    The GOP is eating their own now. If Crist wins, its a win for all of America. If Rubio does, such a win will only embolden the already deranged GOP neo-con establishment into thinking they can still rule this country from a small tent mentality.

    April 20, 2010 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  19. vijay

    yes, we are a nation at a crossroads, let us throw this guy out. He is not going to do any good for the senate.

    April 20, 2010 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  20. Judy, FL Democrat

    As a democrat, I would vote for Crist if I thought the Democratic nominee didn't have a chance. Rubio is a bum! and all these people from out of state should stay out of Florida's business.

    Crist has shown he's for the people of Florida.

    I think the Republicans will be surprised in the midterms. There are many of us out there that have never been poled.

    April 20, 2010 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  21. Tulsa

    This is the guy who was so upset NANCY scolded him.... What a wimp. He's also the guy who claimed to have been shot at.... come to find out that was a lie. Typical Republican.

    April 20, 2010 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  22. joel palmer

    at this rate, the gop will be able to hold their convention in a two car garage

    April 20, 2010 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  23. FL for Change

    Cantor does not know what is best for Florida. Keep you opinions to yourself. WE will decide our next Senator...not the party of "no" suits in Washington. IMO, I hope Crist runs as an Independent. The Republican party is becoming a major disappointment to me.

    April 20, 2010 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  24. Mitch Eisenman

    As a Jewish American, I can't tell you how embarrassed I am to be of the same faith as Eric Cantor. What a slimeball.

    April 20, 2010 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  25. Patience

    What a great idea. Bring on another party of NO guy. Maybe Sarah Palin will go to Florida and campaign for him to add the bonus of credibility.

    April 20, 2010 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
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