Former Mass. gov. Mitt Romney endorses Rubio
As he praised Rubio to a standing-room-only crowd of more than 250, Romney likened this yearâs election to the struggle of Americaâs founders.
Once again there are people who areâIâll call âem the neo-monarchistsâwho believe that instead of individuals pursuing their own dreams, that government should be able to make those choices. And so they take over banks, and they took over insurance companies, and they take over car companies, and they take more and more of your money, and they take over health care. At every turn, theyâre saying, âLet us run your world for you.â And weâre saying no to that.
Rubio has faced a fierce battle with Gov. Charlie Crist, who is viciously campaigning against him ahead of the August GOP primary. Romney urged Governor Crist not to run as an independent.
And he helped build the Republican Party in this state, helped make it stronger, helped make it possible for good men and women to run for office as Republicans, bring balance to our state again. I want to make sure that he respects that great building experience he had, and does whatâs necessary to help make sure that Marco Rubio, if not him, that Marco Rubio gets elected as the next United States senator, âcause it sure would be an enormous mistake for anybody to do something that would make it more likely that Congressman Meek would be elected as United States senator.
This comes less than a week after a poll came out showing that Crist would win if he ran as an independent in November against Rubio and Democrat Kendrick Meek. Rubio, a favorite of the so-called Tea Party, framed the 2010 election in a similar manner as did Romney.
What this election is about is a choice. Do we want to continue to be exceptional, or are we prepared to become like everybody else? And nowâI ran because as I look at the Senate race, I donât see anybody else running whoâs calling it that. I donât see anybody else running who is willing to go to Washington and stand up to this agenda, call it for what it is, and offer in its place a clear alternative.
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