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May 5, 2010

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush Endorses Marco Rubio

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Jeb Bush's endorsement of Marco Rubio was never really in question, it was just a matter of when. And now that Bush has not only endorsed Rubio but will be campaigning with him, perhaps we'll begin to see a chipping away of some of Crist's remaining support among Republicans.

From the Marco Rubio campaign:

[...] Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush today endorsed Marco Rubio for U.S. Senate. The two will campaign together for the first time this Friday night at the Pasco County Reagan Day Dinner.

"Washington is broken, and Marco Rubio is the only candidate in this race that I trust to help fix it," said Bush. "He is a bright, passionate and principled leader who approaches public service with a servant's heart and a reformer's detail for policy. Reforming Washington will not be easy and will require leaders who stay true to their principles even when the odds are stacked against them. The last thing the Senate needs is another politician who has to take a poll to make a decision.

"With Marco, what you see is what you get. You can trust him to look you in the eye and tell you where he stands. And most of all, you can trust that his principles will not change every time the political winds shift direction.

"This White House and this Congress are taking our nation in the wrong direction. I hope all Floridians will ask themselves whether they want their next Senator to be a rubber stamp for the Obama agenda, or to stand up to it and offer a clear conservative alternative. I am proud to endorse Marco Rubio for Senate and pledge to do everything I can to make sure he is elected this November," Bush concluded.

Welcoming Bush's endorsement, Rubio said, "Governor Bush's passion for public service, policy-making and his courage to proudly stand for deeply held principles were an inspiration to me during my years in Tallahassee and have continued guiding me in this race since I launched my campaign a year ago today. For six years, I had the privilege of working hand and hand with Governor Bush to advance an agenda of bold ideas that reformed Florida's tax system, brought greater accountability and choice to our schools, and promoted free enterprise. I am humbled and honored to have earned his support in this race.

A a new Rasmussen poll out yesterday found Crist leading both Rubio and Democrat Kendrick Meek in the three-way general election contest. As Rasmussen notes, it remains to be seen if this is a temporary bounce or a lasting change in the race. It will be interesting to see what the numbers look like a week or so following Bush's endorsement.

For an interesting perspective on how GOP deserters do, check out David Freddoso's review of the recent history of Republicans who bolt their party in the hope of staying in office

Posted by Richard at May 5, 2010 9:25 AM



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