by Jonathan Perkins
Widener University Political Science Major
Senator Marco Rubio of Florida endorsed Mitt Romney on Thursday. This endorsement is seen as a big win for Romney, because of Rubio’s recent rising fame in the Republican Party. Rubio, a son of two Cubans, has given several speeches that not only give positive light to the Republican Party platform but is good at speeches, too. Jeb Bush has even said, “He is the best orator of American politics today, a good family man. He is not only a consistent conservative, but he has managed to find a way to communicate a conservative message full of hope and optimism.
Rubio can be considered the Chris Christie of Florida due to his popularity and pressure to run nationally. Many republicans see Rubio as a good Vice Presidential candidate, and Rubio’s endorsement has signaled which candidate he wants to run with. Just like Christie, Rubio doesn’t want to run nationally and prefers Florida issues. The only thing that maybe proving a Vice Presidential bid is an autobiography Rubio is releasing this summer. Republicans see a benefit if Rubio runs: an increased Latino vote for the party. A recent poll showed that with Rubio on the ticket that about 25% of Latinos would vote for Romney.
After giving his endorsement, Rubio stated the reason he gave it to Romney. Rubio sees that the clear winner is Romney, but he also knows that none of the three candidates will back down till the convention. Rubio would prefer to end the negative attacks on each other, so the Republican Party can prepare for Obama.