April 23rd, 2010
08:54 AM ET
13 years ago

Scoring another endorsement, Rubio shrugs off Crist speculation

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/04/23/art.rubio1.gi.jpg caption="Marco Rubio picked up a new high profile endorsement Friday."]Washington (CNN) – Marco Rubio picked up another high profile endorsement Friday as the frontrunner for the Florida Republican Senate nomination shrugged off speculation that Charlie Crist would abandon the GOP primary to run as an independent.

Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, who hosts the Friday edition of Bill Bennett's "Morning in America," announced his support for Rubio on the nationally broadcast radio program in which Rubio appeared as a guest.

"Well Marco, you have my very strong support," Santorum told the former Florida House speaker. "I am excited to be on your team because, again, I think you are very much the future of the Republican Party and you are setting the standard that hopefully other candidate across the country will step up to the plate and do."

Crist, the governor of Florida, was once considered unbeatable in the GOP primary and the general election. But Rubio has taken what was once a long shot candidacy to displace Crist as the frontrunner for the Republican nod and he has become a darling of conservative Republicans. Now, Crist is considering leaving the GOP primary to pursue an independent Senate bid, a decision the governor must make by the end of April.

"It doesn't change the race for me as I've told everybody I got into this race because I believe that I was the only candidate running who would stand up to the Obama agenda and offer a clear alternative and I still believe that," Rubio told Santorum during his appearance on the radio program. "And that's not going to change whether it is a three- way race or two-way race. The way I view it is my two opponents, Congressman Kendrick Meek … and Governor Charlie Crist are both folks that have supported and will support important, if not all the elements, of the Obama agenda if they get elected to the U.S. Senate. So the race in that regard hasn't changed at all."

Meek is expected to win the Democratic Senate nomination.

Filed under: 2010 • Florida • Marco Rubio • Rick Santorum
soundoff (29 Responses)
  1. Rubio is a phony

    Rubio is a sell-out.

    He is already lying for the GOP.

    April 23, 2010 09:02 am at 9:02 am |
  2. ronalde

    I'm a little stunned,why are all these losers lining up behind rubio.They are up to something,i'm not a fan of crist but i can not see all of the seniors voting for rubio don't they understand he is agains't social security medicare and the health care bill that will close the loop hole in medicare and that he offers no solution.These people can't be that stupid I hope.They need to vote for people that are trying to solve the problem not be the problem. WAKE UP.

    April 23, 2010 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  3. jenn, philadelphia

    What's with these elected officials? First Lieberman, then Specter and now Crist. The purpose of a primary is to either win or lose. If you lose, you go away. Switching parties or running as independents just shows how enormous egos they have, thinking they deserve the job regardless of what the people think.

    April 23, 2010 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  4. Mark

    In other words everyone but the inner city? IE just us "real" Americans?

    April 23, 2010 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  5. What Do Conservatives Want To Conserve?

    How much to you want to bet that Marco Rubio becomes MORE LATINO as time goes on?

    Hey Marco, where do you come down on Arizona's bill that would require Latinos to show proof of US citizenship?

    You are in the big leagues now, no ducking ... no hiding ...

    April 23, 2010 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  6. Laurie

    Rubio has gotten a plethura of A-one endorsements, including one from an ex vice president, who should be in prison at this time. A high school principal told my mother this when she was a young woman and it was repeated to me several times as I grew up. Mr. Rubio-TELL ME WITH WHOM YOU ASSOCIATE, AND I'LL TELL YOU WHAT YOU ARE. Governor Crist-I am a Democrat, but I encourage you to run as an independent in Florida. Do not let this band of righteous hypocrites disrupt your plans. The Republican party eating it's own. As for the voters in Florida, you vote it in on the word of Dick Cheney, you live with it.

    April 23, 2010 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  7. Beverly H Tatum

    An "endorsement" by another lying Republican obstructionist is NOT an endorsement. One Republican supporting another is nothing but Party politics and means nothing.

    Valid "endorsements" come from national or state groups who have credibility with voters – like teachers, police, labor unions, environmental groups, veterans etc.

    Rubio is a dangerous tea bag nutjob who will embarrass Florida. Crist was a decent man who always did what was best for Floridians. Now the residents want to elect another do-nothing, know-nothing, solutionless Republican???

    Anyone who takes the tea baggers seriously and votes for their racist, ignorant, all-white, candidates deserves the idiots/traitors they get.

    April 23, 2010 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  8. Anonymous

    Another day, and another wingnut backs Rubio. Man, is he painting himself into the far right corner. It's a corner occupied by some of the most despised, crooked, and whacko members of the Repugnant Party. DeMint, Santorum, and even Cheney, for christsake! That's enough to make my flesh crawl.

    April 23, 2010 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  9. Layla

    What amazes me the most I guess is that Charlie Crist does not realize how little support he has. Does not bode well for the people when politicans are so out of touch with what is happening out there.

    I'm not aware of a single state straw poll won by Crist. Where is his money coming from?

    April 23, 2010 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  10. Anonymous

    More and more republican crooks are hopping on Marco's bandwagon. Birds of a feather.

    April 23, 2010 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  11. pelosisdildo

    The fact that Rubio could win has to be scaring the Dems and CNN shatless. The Progressive caliphate that you were going to build may not come to fruition after all.

    April 23, 2010 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  12. cbc

    I hope Charie Crist runs as an independent. Some Republican politician has to have the guts to stand up to these Tea Club nuts and radio screwballs. We have to take the GOP back or leave it to the right wing fringe and vote for independents.

    April 23, 2010 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  13. Joe from CT, not Lieberman

    I am really looking forward to Florida Republicans shoving it up the noses of these Carpetbaggers from other states who keep endorsing Rubio. Let's get on with the Federal Investigation of his misuse of state party funds and watch the people back Crist. Everything he is being slammed for has helped the Florida economy! This would bring the moderates back in charge of the Republican party and then maybe we could get rid of the gridlock caused by 12 years of Republican Party control of the Senate followed by four years of RepublicaNObstruction of the Democratic Party controlled Senate!

    April 23, 2010 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  14. Jeff in Houston

    When you have someone like Cheny endorse you, its time to have a good long look in the mirror. What have you become?

    April 23, 2010 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  15. Rick McDaniel

    Truly, I am amazed at the GOP endorsements for someone with questionable ethics, regarding misuse of funds.

    Just goes to show what happens if you rock the boat, in the political machine. They would rather have a loyal crook, than an independent thinking, decent person.

    Precisely why the 2 party system, has to come to an end.

    April 23, 2010 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  16. TCM

    Crist is a RINO, Obama puppet...and if nothing else is glaring about this issue, it's the fact that Rubio has unwavering support from the majority of the state; an overwhelming majority....why? Because he's clearly stated he's against the anti-American Obama agenda. In short, if you use the same principals that CNN Research Polling "guru," Keaton does; you could say that the overwhelming majority of the country is against Obama's anti-American Agenda; since Florida's a state of millions, and CNN only polls 1000-1013 registered voters to make a claim, the sample size of data is far more accurate than what's spewed by the empty liberal polls...bottom line; the country's sick of Obama.

    April 23, 2010 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  17. Dave

    Wow! Rubio has the support of Cheney and Santorum. Maybe Pee-Wee Herman can throw his support behind Rubio. Now that would be impressive!

    April 23, 2010 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  18. rdepontb

    Ricky Santorum, he who lost his Senate seat because of off-the-wall statements and behaviors....Marco, this is the kind of endorsement Crist is supposed to be scared of? Add this to Cheney's and what do you have-two of the most despised politicians alive today.

    Santorum is not of this day. Cheney is not of this planet most of the time. You need someone forward-looking. Don't waste public energy-or the public's energy at least-with this kind of campaign. You should NOT be seeking this kind of endorsement. It DOES matter who you implicitly align yourself with; Floridians DO NOTICE.

    Be your own person; that's what we liked about you in the first place.

    April 23, 2010 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  19. Henry Miller, Libertarian

    First an endorsement from the Director of Paranoia in the Bush Administration, and now an endorsement from a profoundly empty-headed bible-thumper.

    I'd advise caution, Mr Rubio. You are judged by the company you keep, and there a lot of real Conservatives out here who haven't a lot of use for the neo-cons.

    April 23, 2010 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  20. ran

    If Crist runs as an Independent he will win. If not the Democrats will.

    The fear/hate/obstructionist/purity Republicans are going to lose more seats then they gain this time because of their actions and ideologies.

    April 23, 2010 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  21. Len Smith

    Who is this Rubio? Is just someone who will do the bidding for the extreme right wing of the former Republican party? Does he have any qualifications necessary to be a senator? Certainly Crist has the qualifications and has been a decent governor.
    Rubio seems to not support the President of the United States and all the wonderful things that he is doing for this great country and we need people who will move the country forward and not back to the ice age, like the extreme right wing of the former Republican party.

    April 23, 2010 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  22. Save America, impeach the treasonous republicans

    Now that 'War Crimes' Cheney has endorsed Rubio (rhymes with Boobio) the rest of the republicans from the culture of corruption should fall in line.

    April 23, 2010 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  23. Suzan

    Go for it Crist, go Independent and show the coward Republicans that they have it all wrong.......you are the best man for the State of Florida, so go for it........if not at least you will divide the votes and the Democrat will win.....and stick it to the GOP for failing to support one of their own.......

    April 23, 2010 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  24. Marco

    I just can't understand why minorites associate themselves with the republican party. If the republican party had its way there would not be any minorities in America. Just look at the Tea Party activists!

    April 23, 2010 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  25. CBR

    Shock of all shocks. Rick Santorum supports Rubio. I'll bet no one expected that!!!!!

    April 23, 2010 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
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