Florida Senator Marco Rubio was already spurring speculation that he’s angling for the second slot on a Mitt Romney presidential ticket. Now, Rubio is adding his much coveted endorsement to the list of party leaders and stars supporting Romney 2012.
“It’s increasingly clear that Mitt Romney’s going to be the Republican nominee…We’ve got to come together behind who I think has earned this nomination and that’s Mitt Romney.”
Rubio and other conservative leaders’ sudden public movement to Romney comes at a time when many are growing increasingly concerned about a possible brokered convention. Former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum is still doing well enough, especially in southern states, to ensure that Romney may not reach the number of delegates he needs to put a lock on the nomination on his own. The idea of another two months of campaigning against each other — and not President Barack Obama — leaves many in the GOP anxious about their 2012 general election prospects.
It’s a worry that Rubio also mentions in his own endorsement. “I don’t have a problem with primaries. But I think we’re at a stage now where at least two of the candidates have openly admitted that the only way they’re going to be able to win the nomination is to have a floor fight in Tampa in August. And I don’t think there’s anything good about that. I mean, there’s no way that anyone can convince me that having a floor fight at the convention in Tampa in August is a recipe for victory in November. On the contrary, I think it’s a recipe for disaster.”
As for whether he wants to be the candidate to win November at Romney’s side, Rubio was much less forthright. “I don’t believe I’m going to be asked to be the vice presidential nominee.”
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