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Idaho’s Jim Risch becomes the 3rd GOP Senator in three days to back Marco Rubio for president

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U.S. Senator Jim Risch of Idaho became the third Republican senator this week to endorse Marco Rubio on Wednesday.

Risch says he’s been impressed with Rubio’s communication skills and understanding of serious issues while working together in the Senate.

His endorsement comes a day after Rubio received a similar voice of approval from Montana Senator Steve Daines. On Monday, Colorado’s Cory Gardner became the first of Rubio’s colleagues to back him in his quest for the GOP presidential nomination.
The 72-year-old Risch has served in the Senate since 2008, when he won the seat that had previously been held by Larry Craig.

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

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