Florida Republican Sen. Marco Rubio endorsed former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney on Fox News’ “Hannity Show” Wednesday night.
“I am going to endorse Mitt Romney, and the reason why is not only because he is going to be the Republican nominee, but he offers, at this point, such a stark contrast to the president’s record,” Rubio said. (RELATED: Full coverage of the Romney campaign)
Rubio praised Romney for his successes in the face of what Rubio sees as Obama’s failures.
“Look at the president’s record. This is someone who has run the country not very well over the last three years and has no experience doing that. At the same time, he has no experience in the private sector or the free enterprise system,” Rubio said. “In Mitt Romney we have a candidate, an alternative, that in addition to being successful as a governor running an important state in this country, has also been successful in the private sector and offers a very clear alternative to the direction this president is going to take this country.”
Rubio added that having a “floor fight at the convention will be a recipe for disaster” and would add “four more years to Barack Obama” — something he said the country cannot afford.
Considered a rising star in the conservative movement, Rubio has been touted as a potential vice president for the GOP ticket — despite expressing disinterest multiple times. He reiterated his focus on staying in the Senate and denied a desire for being vice president.
Rubio denied having spoken with Romney about a bid for the vice presidency.