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Romney for Rubio

From CNN: Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney is no longer staying on the sidelines in Florida's closely-watched Senate Republican primary. A Romney adviser told CNN Friday that he will endorse former House Speaker Marco Rubio over Gov. Charlie Crist, a decision made considerably easier following Crist's decision to veto an education bill popular among Republican legislators and some conservatives. The two Republicans will campaign together in the vote-rich Tampa area on Monday and Romney's Free and Strong America PAC will contribute the maximum $5,000 to Rubio's primary campaign. "Over the past many months, Governor Romney has spoken with both Governor Crist and Marco Rubio," a Romney adviser told CNN. "Both of them asked for his endorsement. While Mitt Romney respects Governor Crist, he believes Marco Rubio's record of conservative, principled and idea-driven leadership is what Florida needs now."

In case you forgot, Rubio endorsed former Gov. Mike Huckabee in the 2008 presidential race after he reversed his stance on the Cuban embargo. Months earlier, Romney had offended some prominent Cuban-Americans when he bungled one of Fidel Castro's trademark phrases at a speech in Miami.

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