Florida GOP strategist, voting for Hillary Clinton, still supports Marco Rubio for Senate
Veteran GOP strategist Mac Stipanovich has been talking for a couple of days now about his decision to vote for Hillary Clinton instead of Donald Trump, but on CNN this morning, Stipanovich said he's still voting for Marco Rubio in Florida's U.S. Senate race -- even though Rubio is standing by Trump in the wake of leaked footage showing Trump making lewd comments about women.
"I'm not too proud of Marco," Stipanovich told CNN in a telephone interview from Tallahassee.
He said Rubio "is not exactly a profile in courage" for maintaining his endorsement of Trump, after newly released "Access Hollywood" footage showed Trump making the now-infamous remarks in which he boasted about groping women without their consent.
But Stipanovich said maintaining a Republican majority in the Senate is vital, so that's why Rubio will get his vote in Florida's race. Rubio faces Democratic challenger Patrick Murphy, a congressman from Jupiter.
Rubio said in a statement Tuesday that he has "consistently rejected [Trump's] offensive rhetoric and behavior" but he maintains his endorsement for him.
"I wish we had better choices for president. But I do not want Hillary Clinton to be our next president. And therefore my position has not changed," Rubio added.
Before Rubio re-affirmed his support for Trump, Stipanovich first told public radio on Monday that he was going to split the ticket and cast his ballot for Clinton and Rubio.