Rubio endorses Romney, argues GOP should 'come together'
March 28th, 2012
10:19 PM ET
11 years ago

Rubio endorses Romney, argues GOP should 'come together'

(CNN) – Marco Rubio, a senator whose name was floated first as a possible presidential, then vice presidential candidate, on Wednesday made an endorsement in the presidential race, saying, "It's evidently and increasingly clear that Mitt Romney is going to become the Republican nominee."

"We have to come together behind who I think has earned the nomination, and that's Mitt Romney," Rubio said of the former Massachusetts governor in an appearance on Fox News.

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The primary process has been "very good," Rubio said, and the candidates "have a lot to be proud of."

"But I think we are at a stage where two of the candidates have openly admitted, the only way they can win a nomination is to have a floor fight in Tampa in August," Rubio said. "I don't think there is anything good about that. There is no way that a floor fight at the convention in Tampa in August is a recipe for a win in November. On the contrary, I think it's a recipe for disaster."

Rubio, a first term U.S. senator and tea party favorite who previously served a decade in the Florida state House, has repeatedly discouraged suggestions that he would join the GOP ticket. In the interview, he said he and Romney have talked, but "never about vice president, or anything like that." It is a suggestion he downplayed in an earlier interview.

"I'm not going to be the vice presidential nominee but I'm always flattered when people bring it up," he said Wednesday afternoon on MSNBC. "I think they mean it as a compliment."

It is a ticket that another Romney endorser and Floridian would like to see. Former Gov. Jeb Bush, who is described as a mentor of Rubio, told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review earlier this month that Rubio is the "best orator of American politics today, a good family man."

Bush's father, former President George H.W. Bush, is to endorse Romney on Thursday.

Romney thanked Rubio for the endorsement in a statement e-mailed to reporters.

"Marco Rubio is living proof that the American dream is still very much alive," said Mitt Romney. "From humble origins, he has risen to become one of the brightest lights in our political party. He has been a leading voice in the U.S. Senate and the country for the cause of restoring American greatness. He knows that the way forward is to end excessive regulations, shrink government, and get our economy growing. He understands that the way to strengthen our communities is to strengthen our families. He recognizes the dangers that will face America if we fail to maintain our military power. He understands how critical it is to bring new leadership to the White House."

Ahead of the Florida primary in January, Rubio would not predict a winner, but did say he expected the victor in his state to eventually be the nominee.

"I'm not going to speculate as to who's going to win," Rubio told CNN's Soledad O'Brien then. "Here's what I'm comfortable saying. I think the winner of Florida is in all likelihood going to be the nominee of our party. Florida is a mini-America. Virtually every issue we want them to be conversant on is a discussion we've had in Florida."

Romney went on to win the Sunshine state with a 14-point win over former House speaker Newt Gingrich, and per state party rules, all 50 delegates.

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Filed under: 2012 • Florida • Marco Rubio • Mitt Romney
soundoff (135 Responses)
  1. Curt

    Let me take a wild guess here. Romney will win the nomination and then choose Rubio as his running mate. Not because he's a good choice but because Romney thinks he will get the Latino vote that way. Just like McCain chose that unqualified moron Palin hoping to get the conservative vote. This has become such a circus I can hardly wait for it to be over.

    March 29, 2012 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  2. amber

    Great – Romney, who is working against everybody but the top1%, and Rubio, a bigot, working against women and other minorities...sounds like a recipe for no representation in this country to me.

    March 29, 2012 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  3. Adrienne

    I don't see how Rubio's endorsement of Romney can be considered a major news event, considering Rubio's extreme stance on issues dealing with immigrants and women.

    March 29, 2012 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  4. rs

    For the GOP to "come together" it needs to eject their corporate-owned TEA Party, and the Fundamentalists Reagan courted so many years back. Face it, the GOP has no long-term prospects, it is in an unsustainable war with itself that has pushed it into utterly insane political positions.

    March 29, 2012 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  5. Fair is Fair

    "1st of all, there are many, many hateful and racist peole in our country who will vote against Obama even if they have no idea of any of the policies the canddidates put out there."
    If that was truly the case, how did he get elected in the first place?

    March 29, 2012 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  6. Data Driven

    It's annoying when Romney talks about someone else's "humble origins".

    Oh just shut up, Richie Rich.

    March 29, 2012 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  7. M I Snow

    Rubio is a demagogue and one of the primary proponets of Florida's "Stand-your-ground"m law...

    March 29, 2012 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  8. Randy, San Francisco

    Rubio's endorsement cannot make up for Romney's lack of charisma and out of touch appeal to the average working American.

    March 29, 2012 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  9. ContraryMerry

    Such a transparent choice........but we all know you can fool some of the people all of the time.

    March 29, 2012 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  10. The Real Tom Paine

    The sad truth is that, for the GOP, the post of VP is not about picking someone who could be president should disaster strike, but its an effort to pander to a constituency they are desperate to woo. Bush 41 was picked because he could bring moderates into the fold, not because anyone thought he could run the country. Quayle was picked to appeal to women, and became a 4 year-long punchline. Kemp was picked to appeal to supply-siders, even though he wanted to put the country back on the gold standard. Cheney was picked to give Bush 43 credibility and act as a counter-weight, and ended up being the shadow president. Palin was picked to make McCain seem young and vibrant, and we've seen what a train wreck she has been. Rubio, if he were picked, would have barely 2 years on the national stage, and the only reason he would be picked is that he's Hispanic and he might bring FL into the column. The VP prospects for the GOP are Rubio, Christie ( who's one french fry away from a coronary event), the bland technocrat Mitch Daniels, and Bobby Jindall ( who brings nothing as well). Everyone they mention is a member of a faction, not a leader who can step into the job. Its a fundamental flaw in the reasoning of the GOP.

    March 29, 2012 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  11. Corporations R. People

    Ricardo, let's see your birth certificate - the long form.

    March 29, 2012 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  12. ja

    anything could happen, their have been five or six frontrunners, endorsements are two for a penny, what did rubio do lately, otherwise

    March 29, 2012 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  13. nolimits3333

    The Republican Party....of, for, and by the 1%.

    March 29, 2012 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  14. CitizenAJ

    Rubio is a punk! This guy is as empty as they come. Most Floridians cannot stand him. Please. Go ahead, endorse another empty suit like yourself Marco , , , Polo!!!!

    March 29, 2012 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  15. Is Mitt a Git?

    Marco Rubio is an anchor baby who lied to the people of Florida and got elected to the senate–by the Cubans in Florida. He did not get into the senate by securing the hispanic vote from the other 49 states in the country. if Romney chooses Rubio as a running mate, it will be the most politically panderous thing since McCain picked Palin.

    Romney is still making many verbal mistakes and revealing his true self to the electorate. The most recent example is when he called Russia the "#1 foe". I really loved how President Medvedev gave him a little smack for that.

    Dear Mitt Romney, are you aware that if you win the presidency, that Vladimir Putin will again be president of Russia?? Try repeating that little gem of an opinion you have to his face and see if your pants remain dry.

    Obama 2.0, 2012

    March 29, 2012 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  16. athought

    Romney's downfall is the health care he established in Mass. He is not a conservative, he is also not liberal. He actually is a Romneynite. There will be such a massive layoff of government employees and the rich corporations and business's of the country will not be hiring them. Thus unemployment will start on the rise again.

    March 29, 2012 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  17. cali girl

    Yawn..... Next

    March 29, 2012 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  18. ITPR

    The only Hispanic vote Rubio will get should Romney select him for the VP spot is the Cuban vote. Could possibly tilt Florida Romney's way. Most Cubans are still upset with Democrats over the Bay of Pigs. That one issue will always give Republicans the Cuban vote. Nothing else. You would think they would get over it. So no big surprise as far as most of the Cuban votes are concern since they would never vote for Obama anyway.

    March 29, 2012 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  19. RenDoc

    This guy's as big an empty suit as Romney. Does he have any individual accomplishments to account for? Would he be given the same attention of he were white American?

    March 29, 2012 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  20. Dominican mama 4 Obama (the real one)

    Fair is Fair

    "1st of all, there are many, many hateful and racist peole in our country who will vote against Obama even if they have no idea of any of the policies the canddidates put out there."
    If that was truly the case, how did he get elected in the first place
    It is the case and you know it . To ask how he got elected in the first place is one ofthe most stupid questions you've posed on this thread, but let me answer it for you anyway: sensible Americans outnumber the racists among us.

    March 29, 2012 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  21. Dave

    No wonder Repubs are repressing the minority & elderly vote. Its their only shot at winning in Nov.

    March 29, 2012 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  22. Dave

    Yo Rub, I can here Mitt now, I think woman are 2nd class citizens & you think they are 3rd class citizens. We are SEVERLY perfect together!!!!!!

    March 29, 2012 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  23. Peace

    What is this anchor baby talking about?? He should leave people alone and let them make their own decision which person they are comfortable with. He has made his decision ( he likes Romney). That is his decision and others have theirs!

    March 29, 2012 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  24. lili

    of course he will pick Rubio . they have alienated everyone women, gays, latinos. They will now try to tell use they never said any of those things. Now they want to screw us out of our health care too. Don't waste your vote Obama/Biden 2012

    March 29, 2012 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  25. Dave

    Rub, tabby nackle, no catholic, no prodestant , no tabby nackle, no catholic, no prodestant, no tabby nacky, PERFECT, a SEVERLY twin flip flopper for Mr Personality.

    March 29, 2012 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
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