The answer is Marco Rubio.
The Senator from Florida just rolled out the most important endorsement of the primary season (thus far) by announcing that Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) was backing Rubio for President. Gardner is fairly new to the DC political game and doesn’t carry any baggage with conservative voters. He also won an exciting and important race against an entrenched liberal in Colorado, helping to give the GOP their first Senate majority in what seemed like forever. Gardner is a solid conservative who remains popular in a purple state, and, at 41-years old, he represents the new breed of Republicans who are hoping to lead the Party to dominance.
“Our country needs a new generation of leadership and I believe that Marco Rubio presents this nation with the greatest possibilities and opportunities to meet the challenges of the next generation. After the debate in Colorado I thought Marco did an excellent job framing what I believe to be what Colorado and this country want: somebody they can be excited about, somebody who is looking forward to the future, not looking back at the past,” Gardner said in announcing his endorsement of Rubio.
On the heels of the Gardner endorsement, Politico’s Mike Allen wrote that we should keep on the lookout for more Rubio endorsements coming from the younger class of politicians in D.C.
FROM A LITTLE BIRD: Expect more conservatives to endorse Marco this week. Keep an eye on some of the younger, newer U.S. senators who like Marco’s generational appeal.
The buzz around the Rubio campaign has murmurings of a few interesting names like Senator Tom Cotton from Arkansas and Senator Joni Ernst from Iowa. Rubio and Cotton share very similar ideas on foreign policy, and the military and Ernst visited with Rubio this past weekend as the presidential candidate travelled through Iowa campaigning. Getting either (or both) of these Senators on board with the Rubio campaign could very well spell the beginning of the end for the rest of the field, as it would allow Rubio to showcase himself as the leader and voice of a new generation of conservatives.
Keep an eye on Marco Rubio over the next few weeks, I have a feeling this campaign is about to get a lot more exciting.