Florida Sen. Marco Rubio (R) became the second GOP senator in the state to endorse former President Donald Trump in the 2024 presidential primary instead of Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis.
“When Trump was in WH I achieved major policies I had worked on for years (like expanded Child Tax Credit & tough sanctions on regime in Cuba & Venezuela) because we had a President who didn’t cave to special interests or let bureaucrats block us,” Rubio tweeted yesterday afternoon.
When Trump was in WH I achieved major policies I had worked on for years (like expanded Child Tax Credit & tough sanctions on regime in Cuba & Venezuela) because we had a President who didn’t cave to special interests or let bureaucrats block us.
I support Trump because that…
— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) January 14, 2024
“I support Trump because that kind of leadership is the ONLY way we will get the extraordinary actions needed to fix the disaster Biden has created. It’s time to get on with the work of beating Biden & saving America,” Rubio continued.
Florida’s other Senator, Rick Scott (R), also endorsed Trump over his state’s governor in November stating, “I am optimistic that we can return America to its rightful position of economic and military strength and the undisputed moral leader of the free world, but only with strong leadership in the White House.”
“That is why I support my friend President Donald J. Trump to be the 47th president of the United States and encourage every Republican to unite behind his efforts to win back the White House,” Scott continued.
Trump is the frontrunner in the GOP primary in the national polls and has a commanding lead in Iowa leading into the caucus today as well.
Rubio’s endorsement of the former president came just one day before the Iowa caucus polls opened and is another sign that DeSantis could be fading from contention in the race.
In the past, Rubio has been an outspoken critic of Trump and ran against him in the 2016 GOP primary when Trump gave the senator the nickname “Little Marco.” In return, according to Fox News, Rubio called Trump a “con artist” and said that his administration would be one of “chaos.”
Trump and Rubio have mended their relationship as Trump campaigned for Rubio’s Senate seat in 2022 and now Rubio has returned the favor in the 2024 GOP primary.
After Rubio’s endorsement, almost two dozen GOP senators have endorsed Trump including but not limited to Sens. JD Vance (OH), Marsha Blackburn (TN), Josh Hawley (MO), Tom Cotton (AR), and Lindsey Graham (SC).