Gardner gives Rubio first endorsement from U.S. senator

Gardner gives Rubio first endorsement from U.S. senator

White House hopeful Marco Rubio of Florida snagged an endorsement from his colleague Cory Gardner of Colorado today— the candidate’s first from a sitting U.S. Senator.

“Today I am proud to announce my endorsement of Marco Rubio to be the president of the United States,” Gardner said on Fox News. “Our country needs a new generation of leadership, and I believe Marco Rubio presents this nation with the greatest possibilities and opportunities to meet the challenges of this generation.”

The endorsement from a young, Republican rising star in a battleground swing state comes just after a debate here in Colorado where Rubio was a standout. Colorado is also a state with a large Latino voting population.

Gardner said of the 44-year-old Rubio: “He’s someone who’s fought for human rights and championed freedom around the globe,” and also touted his electability in a general election against Hillary Clinton, should she get the Democratic nomination for president.

Calling himself a “new kind of Republican,” Gardner last year defeated sitting Democratic U.S. Sen. Mark Udall in one of the most closely watched elections of the midterms.


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Corey Hutchins

is a journalist in Colorado, and Columbia Journalism Review's Rocky Mountain correspondent for the United States Project. Follow him on Twitter @CoreyHutchins and email him at CoreyHutchins [at] gmail [dot] com.

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