Not so stunning news: Jeb Bush(finally) endorses Marco Rubio in U.S. Senate race

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“With Marco, what you see is what you get. You can trust him to look you in the eye and tell you where he stands.  And most of all, you can trust that his principles will not change every time the political winds shift direction.

“This White House and this Congress are taking our nation in the wrong direction. I hope all Floridians will ask themselves whether they want their next Senator to be a rubber stamp for the Obama agenda, or to stand up to it and offer a clear conservative alternative.  I am proud to endorse Marco Rubio for Senate and pledge to do everything I can to make sure he is elected this November,” Bush concluded.

In response, Rubio said:

Governor Bush’s passion for public service, policy-making and his courage to proudly stand for deeply held principles were an inspiration to me during my years in Tallahassee and have continued guiding me in this race since I launched my campaign a year ago today. For six years, I had the privilege of working hand and hand with Governor Bush to advance an agenda of bold ideas that reformed Florida's tax system, brought greater accountability and choice to our schools, and promoted free enterprise.  I am humbled and honored to have earned his support in this race.

For the longest time, Jeb Bush has held off an endorsement in the GOP primary for U.S. Senate.

Then Charlie Crist quit the race last week, meaning that Marco Rubio the de facto GOP nominee, some 3 months before the actual vote.  With that out of the way, former Florida Governor Jeb Bush has done what has been expected for a long time - he finally endorsed Rubio.

The only remarkable thing about this is that it shows how much has changed in a year.  When Rubio entered the race close to a  year ago, when he was given little chance of upsetting Crist, supporters said that if he could somehow hang in there, a big boost, such as an endorsement from Bush, could seriously help him.

Now, it's basically an afterthought.

Rubio is on the same page ideologically as Jeb Bush.  Charlie Crist has never been on that same page, which is why many conservatives in Florida have never warmed to him.  They have revered Bush, who is almost like a living Florida version of Ronald Reagan to many in the party.

Here is the text of Bush's announcement:

“Washington is broken, and Marco Rubio is the only candidate in this race that I trust to help fix it,” said Bush.  “He is a bright, passionate and principled leader who approaches public service with a servant’s heart and a reformer’s detail for policy.  Reforming Washington will not be easy and will require leaders who stay true to their principles even when the odds are stacked against them. The last thing the Senate needs is another politician who has to take a poll to make a decision.

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