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. john in binghamton NY

    They are both tools. Same old same old GOP. Just say no and spread lies so your part can win the next election. The heck with everyone else.

    April 20, 2010 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  2. popeye

    cantor represents everything that is wrong with the republican party

    April 20, 2010 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  3. harvey

    Rubio's already proven himself to be a liar and a thief. Of course the Party of Nixon, Agnew, Meese, Rove, and Ollie North would endorse him. They named a think tank after Herbert Hoover, didn't they?

    April 20, 2010 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  4. hongli

    It's amazing how Republicans can turn on their fellow Republicans in a blink of an eye. Have you seen a "HAPPY" Republican RecentlThe answer is "NO". Telling lies is not an easy job.It makes you look older than you are. Check out people like Rudy,Mitch,Tim,John,and the other Pathological liars.

    April 20, 2010 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  5. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    Eric Cantor's endorsement doesn't mean diddly because he'll be out of office in November. I may not be able to vote in the Florida election, but I can sure vote in Virginia's. Bye Bye Eric.

    April 20, 2010 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  6. Tom

    Let the games begin!

    April 20, 2010 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  7. Rick

    Cantor and Rubio are the perfect example of what is wrong with the "me first – party second- America third" Republican politicians today. It kills them that there is a Black American in the White House and they are not. If two years from now the Dow is back over 13,000, unemployment under 6%, and the Bush deficit under $500 billion, they will make it sound like it's a bad thing for America and it's Obama's fault.

    April 20, 2010 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  8. Aspen Professor

    "House Minority Whip Eric Cantor Tuesday will endorse Marco Rubio for Senate,"

    But, then again, the man is a right -wing extremist idiot!

    April 20, 2010 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  9. Harry A Haney

    If Cantor backs Rubio, that alone is a good reason to vote for someone else.

    April 20, 2010 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  10. AJ

    If a candidate is any farther left than Hitler, they are nt welcome in the republican party. CMore proof that conservatives are all morally bankrupt, loathsome people.

    April 20, 2010 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  11. harvey

    next on Cantor's list of endorsements will be to follow his leader, Jim DeMint, and endorse Marlin Stutzman for Senate from Indiana. Marlin has excellent conservative and Christian credentials, dontcha know, having attended Trine State U and Glen Oaks Community College. He'll be a great addition to News a la FOX and Limbaugh. You betcha!
    Owns a family farm, too – he'll fit right in with the hee-haws in the Tea Party.

    April 20, 2010 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  12. Efrain

    Another sign of how the Republican party is making a radical shift to the rabid right. They are plotting a course into oblivion

    April 20, 2010 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  13. Nea

    I dont trust in politicians i especially dont trust Republicans. They say the Democrats is for big Government Well arent they for big money makers.Thats why they dont want wall street regulated they are making all the excuse in the world not to regulate including lies. In the mean time wall street firms are committing fraud and making big bucks and the Republicans support them and they know it. Yeah Mitch McConnell.

    April 20, 2010 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  14. Robert Warner

    And the GOP continues is slide to the extreme right with no room for any views that are even a little bit out of line.

    April 20, 2010 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  15. harold

    Cantor a rising star in the republican party.. and the dude has Great Health Insurance also...but against Health Insurance for everyone in the USA.......Strange huh?

    April 20, 2010 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  16. Russ

    If Eric I Can'tor is the rising star of the Republicant party, then the Republicants are doomed.

    As for Charile Crist, he appears to have been left for dead by the GOP. This means you are not conforming to the wishes of the powers to be, so you have no choice but to leave the Gobber Party. You will get no more funding and most likely every bit of dirt they can find or make up will be spun against you. So as the saying goes:
    "Sorry Charlie"

    April 20, 2010 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  17. jack

    Any member of congress that endorses Rubio is endorsing corruption.
    Rubio was caught using the state GOP credit card for personal use, spending thousands. Then when caught rushed to re-reimburse and declared that it was all a mistake.
    The only reason politicians are endorsing this man is because he is "one of them". Someone who will double cross and self deal. Someone who is more interested in what he can get from the party or government than he is in making life better through service for his constituents.
    Crooks always hang together, anyone endorsing Rubio needs to have his background looked into. There is dirt hiding under the rug.

    April 20, 2010 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  18. hampster

    Another loser endorses a loser; sounds like an oxymoron!

    April 20, 2010 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  19. Brenda

    Allen West for Congress in Florida. Now the rest of you look at this man and see true American Patriotism and love for this country. A man who has served this country and who I believe should skip congress and go right for the White House....oh no, now can I be saying this...I'm a racist, because I think Obama is a fraud and a liar.

    Go Allen West...I may not be in FL but I'm supporting you and putting your name everywhere I can.

    bet this won't get posted LOL

    April 20, 2010 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  20. kelvin

    "We are a party at a crossroads, and we need another young tool in Washington," Cantor is expected to say in his endorsement. "Marco Rubio is just the type of brainless mouthpiece our party needs and will make an excellent Senator for the Republican Party."

    April 20, 2010 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  21. Me, In TX

    Somebody should tell the GOP that they are backing the wrong horse in this race.

    I hear tell that The People of Florida are BEGGING him to run as an independent or a Democrat (join us Charlie...JOIN US)
    AND that Rubio doesn't stand a chance!

    Why is the GOP backing Rubio? It makes no sense.

    April 20, 2010 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  22. AEK

    In reality, this SHOULD be the kiss of death for any candidate but you can't EVER underestimate the gullibility of the American public, especially Republicans living south of the Mason-Dixon.

    April 20, 2010 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  23. Ex - SC Pub

    Can'tor will jump on anything and stand for nothing to get to the top/

    Crist, how is that Pub loyalty working out for you? Move now to Independent!

    April 20, 2010 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  24. Nelson, Colorado Springs Co

    There is a double standard for Republican why here they are telling a party member Republican Senate nomination in Florida, Gov. Charlie Crist he can't run as a Republican for the Senate seat. Simple because he supported President Obama. The NRSC had endorsed Crist. Now National Republican Senatorial Committee flip flop now endorse Marco Rubio for Senate. Gov. Charlie Crist don't the good old boys get you down. So run as a INDEPENENT AND FORGET THE NATIONAL REPUBLICAN SENATORIAL COMMITTEE AND THE REPUBLICAN PARTY.

    April 20, 2010 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  25. Andy

    Cantor is like Steven Colbert if he were real.

    April 20, 2010 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
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