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Paul Singer throws support behind Marco Rubio



Marco Rubio's debate performance paid off in a huge way by attracting the support of Paul Singer, a major player in GOP campaign financing.

Singer, whose support Rubio has long courted, announced his support Friday. 

"Republicans have no shortage of impressive, capable candidates this year. But as a party, we too often suffer from a shortage of vision. We too often fail to make a clear, persuasive case for a conservative approach to addressing America’s problems and taking advantage of America’s opportunities. It’s my highest priority to support the candidate for president who can most effectively make that case, navigate this complex primary process, and still be in a position to defeat Secretary Clinton in November 2016," he wrote in a letter to friends, a copy of which was posted on the New York Times website.

"That is why I’ve decided to support Senator Marco Rubio, someone I have known since 2009. I am asking you to join me in this campaign, and specifically to help me with fundraising events that I am launching imminently.

"Like many of my colleagues, I admire a number of the Republican candidates running. I have supported almost all of them in their previous bids for office, and I consider some of them to be good friends. Against that backdrop, I want to explain why I believe getting behind Senator Rubio, at this moment, is so important.

"In a clear, coherent, disciplined way – on the debate stage, on the stump, and in interviews – Senator Rubio has been turning his campaign into a compelling argument for using conservative ideas to help America adapt and thrive in the 21st century."

Campaigning in Iowa, Rubio said: "When people buy into us, they buy into our agenda, and I'm glad that he has and it'll help us with resources. But, you know, resources are not enough. You'll have to have the right ideas, the right principles and convince voters you're the right person for the job. But we're grateful to have his help, obviously."

[Last modified: Saturday, October 31, 2015 9:55am]


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