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Rubio endorses Romney



rubiohannity.jpgMitt Romney secured the backing of one of the last big prizes of the endorsement sweepstakes late Wednesday: U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio.

Rubio, the widely popular freshman Republican from Miami, announced his decision on Fox News' Hannity show Wednesday night, becoming one of the last major GOP figures to get behind Romney.

The surprise endorsement has the potential to give a shot of credibility to Romney, who has failed to excite the deeper conservatives of the Republican base, and instantly added to speculation that Rubio would be his running mate.

"We've got to come together around who I think has earned this nomination, and that's Mitt Romney," Rubio said, expressing concern that protracted GOP primary with Romney's rival Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich would hurt the party's chances of defeating President Barack Obama.

Santorum and Gingrich have conceded they cannot catch up to Romney's large delegate lead but are determined to block him from getting the required 1,144 delegates before the Republican National Convention.

"There is no way that anyone can convince me that having a floor fight at the convention in Tampa in August is a recipe for victory in November," Rubio said. "On the contrary, I think it's a recipe for disaster. I just don't think that's a wise route to go."

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[Last modified: Wednesday, March 28, 2012 10:58pm]


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