May 5th, 2010
09:09 AM ET
13 years ago

Jeb Bush formally endorses Marco Rubio

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Florida Republican Marco Rubio, pictured, has received the endorsement of former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush."]
(CNN) - Add Jeb Bush to Team Rubio.

The popular former Florida governor formally endorsed fellow Republican Marco Rubio's U.S. Senate bid on Wednesday.

"Washington is broken, and Marco Rubio is the only candidate in this race that I trust to help fix it," says Bush, in a statement released by the Rubio campaign.

Bush will team up with Rubio on the campaign trail Friday night at the Pasco County Reagan Day Dinner, according to the Rubio campaign.

The former Florida house speaker, once an underdog in the GOP Senate primary battle, has now all but secured the nomination. Florida Gov. Charlie Crist, the one time front-runner for the Republican nod, was a distant second in recent GOP primary polls. Last week, Crist announced he was dropping out of the primary battle and will run for Senate as a non-party-affiliated candidate.

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Wednesday's endorsement should not come as any surprise as Bush has been increasingly critical of Crist in the past few months.

Following Crist's announcement last week, Bush said he wasn't surprised, adding "This decision is not about policy or principles. It is about what he believes is in his political self-interest."

–CNN Political Producer Peter Hamby contributed to this report.

Filed under: 2010 • Florida • Jeb Bush • Marco Rubio
soundoff (58 Responses)
  1. FM

    I can bet all my life-saving, Rubio is not going to make it even with all endorsement is getting from his fellow Repubs!

    May 5, 2010 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  2. Libertarian

    Ironic that the GOP says Obama is subverting the Constitution. First, Bush passed the Patriot Act and now they are pushing to repeal the Miranda act. Isn't the right to privacy and "due process" the two BIGGEST articles of the Constitution???

    So who gets to pick the people that will and will not get Miranda? And how will we know they use this power properly?? If a US Citizen is pulled over and the police "believe" he has information, we may never hear from that person again.

    These GOP sounds more like the Nazi party than ANYTHING coming out of the Dems right now. Remember, Hitler came to power by creating an uprising against Immigrants and instilling fear in the public.

    May 5, 2010 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  3. cristy fl

    You are Jeb's puppet..Jeb pulls the strings..If you want the Bush Family to be in the Senate vote for this guy..Jeb gets what he wants and pull all the strings...

    May 5, 2010 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  4. Bubba

    That should be the kiss of death for him.

    May 5, 2010 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  5. Ray

    Jeb Bush was NOT popular in Florida. He's just another self-centered irresponsible politician who could care less!!

    May 5, 2010 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  6. beachbum3

    If i were eligble to vote in the flordia election which i am not the fact that one candiate was endoresed by jeb bush would definetly be enough to make me personnaly vote againstsuch a candiate

    May 5, 2010 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  7. doug

    I feel for Jeb, if the Democrats never took over congress in 2006 and crashed our economy, then the Bush name would be what it should be and he would be able to run for president.

    Still may be possible, Americans are learning that since Democrats find their Republican neighbors to be the enemy, not Islamic terrorists who want to blow us up, we have had multiple attacks on our nation and just by luck there hasn't been a great deal of life lost. Still, what happened at Ft. Hood would have been stopped if we had a Republican president, but the Democrat terrorists in Austin and Alabama would not have been. Anyway, people are learning how great Bush was compared to the socialist in chief, we want to be safe again and that helps Bush's legacy as well as saving our nation by getting back to taking the lib socialist hate-filled liars out of power.

    May 5, 2010 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  8. Anonymous

    Give that man a credit card! Jeb wants payback for his next campaign...POTUS. God help us!

    May 5, 2010 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
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