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From the staff of the Tampa Bay Times

A Bush endorses Rubio; Huckabee to follow?

Jeb Bush Jr., that is. Via Twitter: "Proud to announce the endorsement of Jeb Bush Jr. He will be a great asset in our efforts to reach the next generation of GOP leadership." (see the endorsement in jump)

And several news organizations, including CNN, are reporting that Mike Huckabee will soon endorse Rubio, who faces Gov. Charlie Crist in the Republican U.S. Senate primary. Rubio had backed Huckabee in the presidential primary, even traveling to New Hampshire to campaign.

From Jeb Bush Jr.:

Today I would like to let you know that I will be enthusiastically supporting my friend Marco Rubio for his bid for the United States Senate.

Florida and our country are at a crossroads. Not only in our economic life, but in who we are as Republicans.

My choice was a simple one: Marco Rubio represents the best in what our Party should strive to be and who it must engage – he is young, conservative, and believes in the principles of our Founding Fathers, that individual freedom and liberty are what makes our country great and always will.

Marco Rubio is a candidate who can help to bring our Party back on track by reaching out to our youth, entrepreneurs, Hispanics and those who believe that if you work hard enough, anything you dream can be achieved.  With Marco, we have a great opportunity to elect a true conservative and a greater obligation to elect a man of principle.

[Last modified: Thursday, September 9, 2010 6:02pm]


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