[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.
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.
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.
Cantor is not nor will he ever be a political star.
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.
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.
Funny that Cantor waits until Rubio has "a double digit lead" to endorse him.
They eat their own.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
"We are a nation at a crossroads, and we need responsible leadership in Washington,"
I agree, resign!
As if Floridians needed another reason to oppose the hypocritical lies from Rubio; the GOP establishment adds lying Cantor to the mix.
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!!!
Eric is always on the wrong side of the issue......what else is new?
Dont believe a lie Canter is selling,this scumbag loves Rush Limbaugh.
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.
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.
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.
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.
at this rate, the gop will be able to hold their convention in a two car garage
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.
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.
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.