On the eve of the Iowa Caucus, Sen. Marco Rubio endorsed Donald Trump for president.
That makes him the second Florida senator to support the former president over his own state’s Republican governor, Ron DeSantis.
Florida Sen. Rick Scott had also already endorsed Trump back in early November.
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‘Beating Biden and Saving America’
Rubio explained on social media, “When Trump was in WH I achieved major policies I had worked on for years (like expanded Child Tax Credit & tough sanctions on regime in Cuba & Venezuela) because we had a President who didn’t cave to special interests or let bureaucrats block us.”
“I support Trump because that kind of leadership is the ONLY way we will get the extraordinary actions needed to fix the disaster Biden has created,” he added. “It’s time to get on with the work of beating Biden & saving America!”
It might be a little surprising, given that Trump and Rubio are near exact-opposites on foreign policy, but it appears the writing is on the wall for Mr. Trump’s challengers.
When Rubio ran against Trump in the 2016 Republican presidential primaries the senator left the race after being defeated in the Florida primary in a race where Trump wasn’t exactly kind toward Rubio.
Fox News reports, “During the contentious 2016 race, Trump often referred to Rubio as ‘Little Marco,’ while Rubio referred to Trump as a ‘con artist’ and said his administration would be ‘chaos.”
Rubio is but the latest senator to endorse Trump. The story continues:
Rubio’s endorsement comes as Trump remains the consistent frontrunner in surveys. He joins nearly two dozen GOP senators in endorsing Trump, including Sens. JD Vance of Ohio, Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee, Rick Scott of Florida, Josh Hawley and Eric Schmitt of Missouri, Tom Cotton of Arkansas, Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, and others.
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Trump is Still the Strong Frontrunner
As of this writing, Trump has now ran away with the Iowa Caucus, winning by 30 points over nearest challenger Ron DeSantis, who was followed by Nikki Haley.
DeSantis began by promoting himself as a more viable Trump-like figure who could win in the general election against the Democratic nominee but has seen his poll numbers dip considerably and has been overtaken as the distant second choice by Nikki Haley.
The latest poll by the Des Moines Register/NBC News had Haley at 20 percent and DeSantis at 16 percent in Iowa, with Donald Trump at 48 percent.
The final tally showed Trump at 51, DeSantis at 21, and Haley at 19.
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