Mitt Romney, the 2012 Republican nominee for president, will endorse Florida Senator Marco Rubio‘s White House bid, reports The Huffington Post.
“Details of Romney’s endorsement were still being worked out as of Sunday morning. The sources said that the former Massachusetts governor had been eager to provide his backing to Rubio for days but had hesitated, due to his respect for former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R), who suspended his campaign on Saturday night following his dismal fourth-place showing in the South Carolina primary.
“Romney spent the day in Utah on Saturday and could potentially be in position to bestow his blessing upon Rubio before Tuesday’s Nevada Republican caucuses — a contest that Romney won easily in both 2008 and 2012.”
The HuffPo report aligns with what FloridaPolitics.com is hearing.
A top Florida Republican told FP about the Romney endorsement Saturday night, prompting a Tweet that an endorsement of Rubio was forthcoming.
In 2012, Rubio made Romney’s short-list of possible running mates.
Rubio’s campaign is pushing back, when Rubio strategist Todd Harris tweeted in reply to the HuffPo article: “It would be quite a bizarre endorsement rollout strategy: Don’t tell us, and break news in Huffington Post.”
It would be quite a bizarre endorsement roll out strategy: Don’t tell us, and break news in Huffington Post. https://t.co/tZVQvPT7Rc
— Todd Harris (@dtoddharris) February 21, 2016