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Marco Rubio says Ted Cruz should get nod at contested convention

Republican presidential candidate Sen. Marco Rubio speaks to guests during a January campaign rally at the Water Dog Grill in Mount Pleasant, S.C.

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Republican presidential candidate Sen. Marco Rubio speaks to guests during a January campaign rally at the Water Dog Grill in Mount Pleasant, S.C.

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Marco Rubio still isn’t endorsing Ted Cruz, but said he would support the Texan on a second ballot in the event of a contested convention.

"I hope that they'll nominate a conservative,” Rubio told Mark Levin, adding the only one who ”fits that criteria is Ted Cruz.”

Rubio has stopped short of endorsing Cruz, leading to speculation about his calculations on a future run for president.

The TV interview is behind a pay wall but Rubio also acknowledged he is open to running for office again.

“I enjoyed public service but there are other things I’d like to do with life,” he said.

Vowing to “finish strong” in the Senate, Rubio said he would “remain engaged in helping people who hold limited government conservative values to get elected, and if there’s an opportunity to serve in the future, I’m obviously open to that.”

[Last modified: Wednesday, April 13, 2016 2:35pm]

    

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