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article imageMarco Rubio endorses Mitt Romney, further calls for GOP unity

By Andrew Moran     Mar 29, 2012 in Politics
Boston - Republican Florida Senator Marco Rubio endorsed former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney Wednesday. As the popular Florida leader announced his support, he urged the Republican base to unite around Romney.
After three major endorsements in the last week, will the Republican Party rally around Mitt Romney ahead of August’s GOP convention in Tampa? One popular Florida senator is calling for it.
Speaking on Fox News, the Tea Party favorite made it clear that he believes the evidence is increasing that Romney is going to be the Republican nominee and that the base has to stand behind him to defeat President Barack Obama in November.
“I am going to endorse Mitt Romney and the reason why is not only because he is going to be the Republican nominee but he offers at this point, such a stark contrast to the President's record,” explained the freshman senator in an interview with Sean Hannity.
“In Mitt Romney, we have a candidate, an alternative, that in addition to being successful as a governor, running an important state in this country, has also been successful in the private sector and offers a very clear alternative to the direction this president is going to take our country.”
Rubio, a top Republican who was believed to throw his hat into the presidential race, stated that he doesn’t believe there will be a brokered convention and if there will be then “that’s a recipe to deliver four more years to Barack Obama.” He added that the United States can’t afford something like that to happen.
“We have got to come together behind who I think has earned this nomination and that's Mitt Romney,” concluded Rubio, who many speculate could be a running mate for the Republican nominee.
The Romney campaign immediately issued a press release about Rubio’s remarks by saying that he is “living proof that the American Dream is still very much alive.” Romney said in the media release that Rubio stands for traditional Republican values, such as limited government, less regulations, a stronger military and higher economic growth.
“Senator Rubio’s endorsement is a major milestone in my effort to make Barack Obama a one-term president,” stated Romney. “Ann [Romney] joins me in thanking him for the confidence he is placing in my leadership and for the great honor he has done me today.”
Digital Journal reported Wednesday of former President George H.W. Bush formally endorsing Romney. Last week, former Florida Governor Jeb Bush also lent his support to Romney and called for GOP unity.
The remaining four Republican contenders will battle it out on Apr. 3 when three states hold their respective primaries. The District of Columbia, Maryland and Wisconsin will have a total of 98 delegates at stake.
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