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George Pataki endorses Marco Rubio for president

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George Pataki has endorsed Marco Rubio’s candidacy for president.

The former New York Governor made the comment on Fox News on Tuesday, and simultaneously tweeted out the endorsement as well.

“I have enormous confidence that Marco Rubio is ready today to be President of the United States,” Pataki said on Fox. “He’s provided great leadership. He did it in the state legislature in Florida. He’s done it in the U.S. Senate, particularly when it comes to rebuilding our military, standing up to radical Islam. Martha, I have got to tell you, to me personally, one of the most important things is for us to understand we are all Americans. We have had a president who has divided us for political benefit. Hillary Clinton is always dividing us for her benefit. Donald Trump is dividing us so he gets the benefit. Marco Rubio is going to bring us together, and make us understand we are all Americans with a common future. I’m proud to endorse him. And I don’t just intend to endorse him, I’m going to do everything I can to help Senator Rubio win this election.”

Pataki was a candidate for the Republican nomination for president, but dropped out just before the end of 2015.

He was a surprise entrant into the race at all, entering in May, but failed to gain any traction, gathering around one percent in the polls. He did not appear on the main stage for any of the GOP debates.

Pataki served three terms as governor of New York, from 1994-2006, and had been out of the political spotlight since then.

It’s questionable how much his endorsement will help Rubio. Pataki was the only GOP presidential candidate who failed to appear at the Republican Party of Florida’s Sunshine Summit held in November.

Earlier on Tuesday, Rubio was endorsed by former Arizona Senator Jon Kyl.

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Mitch Perry has been a reporter with Extensive Enterprises since November of 2014. Previously, he served as five years as the political editor of the alternative newsweekly Creative Loafing. He also was the assistant news director with WMNF 88.5 FM in Tampa from 2000-2009, and currently hosts MidPoint, a weekly talk show, on WMNF on Thursday afternoons. He began his reporting career at KPFA radio in Berkeley. He's a San Francisco native who has now lived in Tampa for 15 years and can be reached at mitch.perry@floridapolitics.com.

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