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Marco Rubio endorses Mitt Romney

at 09:55 PM ET, 03/28/2012

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) endorsed Mitt Romney for president on Wednesday, becoming the latest big-name Republican to throw his support behind the likely Republican nominee.

Rubio, considered by many to be the favorite for the GOP’s vice presidential nomination, declined to endorse before the Florida primary earlier this year. But he said Wednesday during an appearance on Fox News Channel that it’s time to coalesce around Romney.
Senator Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) (MANDEL NGAN - AFP/GETTY IMAGES)

“It’s increasingly clear that Mitt Romney’s gonna be the Republican nominee,” Rubio said. “We’ve got to come together behind who I think has earned this nomination and that’s Mitt Romney.”

Rubio added: “I have zero doubt in my mind of two things: No. 1, that Mitt Romney will govern as a conservative, and No. 2, that he will be head and shoulders better than the guy who’s in the White House now.”

Romney tweeted following Rubio’s appearance: “Ann joins me in thanking @MarcoRubio for the confidence he is placing in my leadership and for the great honor he has done me today.”

While Rubio didn’t endorse Romney before Florida’s primary, he did give the former Massachusetts governor a boost by criticizing a Newt Gingrich ad that cast Romney as “anti-immigrant.”

Rubio, the son of Cuban immigrants, follows closely on the heels of another big-name Florida Republican, former governor Jeb Bush, in backing Romney. Bush endorsed Romney last week.

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