Senator Marco Rubio of Florida made a big announcement on Sunday, just before the Iowa caucuses kicked off. He officially endorsed former President Donald Trump for the 2024 presidential election. Rubio highlighted his successful collaboration with Trump during the previous administration, where he was able to push through important legislation, such as expanding the Child Tax Credit.
Marco Rubio endorses Trump ahead of 2024 Iowa caucuses https://t.co/FRPIcpuDW7
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Rubio emphasized that these accomplishments were made possible by Trump’s steadfast leadership, free from the influence of special interests and bureaucratic obstacles. In a tweet, he declared his unwavering support for Trump, asserting that only this kind of leadership could address the “disaster” created by President Biden and “save America.”
As if that wasn’t enough, Governor Doug Burgum of North Dakota, who was vying for the 2024 presidency, also threw his weight behind Trump on the same day. This marked a significant milestone for Trump as Burgum became the first candidate to endorse the former president in the 2024 race.
With Rubio’s endorsement, Trump now has the backing of both Florida senators, with Senator Rick Scott having pledged his support back in November. This groundswell of support from key figures within the Republican Party demonstrates the magnitude of Trump’s influence and popularity.
As the Iowa caucuses loomed, the political landscape appeared to be leaning heavily in Trump’s favor, with polling showing him at a staggering 48% support. Other notable contenders such as Nikki Haley, Ron DeSantis, and Vivek Ramaswamy trailed behind. Despite the intense competition, DeSantis remained steadfast in his commitment to the primary race and expressed his determination to soldier on, undeterred even if he were to secure third place in the caucuses.
DeSantis reiterated his resolve by outlining his upcoming engagements, including a town hall in New Hampshire and various events in South Carolina and Nevada. This unwavering dedication underscored the fierce battle unfolding within the Republican Party as the 2024 presidential race gained traction.