U.S. Senator Marco Rubio endorses Mitt Romney for president
Friday, March 30, 2012
U.S. Senator of Florida endorsed former Massachusetts Mitt Romney for during the Wednesday night broadcast of the program . As justification for his decision, Rubio argued that Romney will be the Republican Party presidential nominee and offers "a stark contrast to ...[President Barack Obama]’s record."
Rubio, who is, took office in 2011 after defeating former . He often receives mention as a potential for the still-undecided 2012 Republican Party presidential nominee.
The Associated Press estimates that Romney currently leads his opponents for the nomination, Senator Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania and former Newt Gingrich of Georgia, with 568 of the 1,144 delegates necessary to win. 1,258 delegates remain in play.
Gingrich and Santorum are continuing their presidential runs in the hope of forcing a brokered convention to deny Romney the nomination. Rubio warned of such a scenario in the Hannity interview, commenting that it would "be a recipe for disaster" and would help re-elect the Democrat, Obama.
Former Florida governoroffered a similar justification in his endorsement of Romney earlier this month, calling on the party to "unite behind Governor Romney".
Rubio claims to have not spoken with Romney about the vice-presidential nomination, and has previously denied any interest in it.
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