Marco Rubio, the Republican Senator from Florida who’s running for president, has scored a major endorsement. The endorsement from Paul Singer is an important accomplishment for the Rubio campaign. Mr. Singer has contributed millions to Republican political campaigns and organizations.
Not only does Singer donate to campaigns, he’s also a very effective fundraiser. As the New York Times reports, Paul Singer raised $3 million for Mitt Romney in his 2012 race for the White House. The Rubio campaign has struggled to raise money over the last few months. Support from Singer will no doubt help Marco to raise more campaign money.
“He is ready to be an informed and assertive decision-maker.”
Senator Rubio expressed his thankfulness for the billionaire’s support, but said the race is about more than just fundraising and resources.
“I’m grateful that, you know, when people donate to us they buy into our agenda, and I’m glad that he has and it will help us with resources. But you know, resources alone are not enough. You have to have the right ideas and the right principles and convince people that you’re the right person for the job. But we’re grateful to have his help, obviously.”
While Marco has consistently done well in the polls, he’s always stayed below the top tier of candidates. Currently, he’s in third behind retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson and frontrunner Donald Trump.
This GOP primary race has been all about political outsiders. The leading candidate, Trump, has never held an elective political office. The same goes for Ben Carson, and ex-CEO of Hewlett Packard, Carly Fiorina. Rubio, on the other hand, has served as a U.S. senator since 2011. Before going to Washington, Marco was the Speaker of the Florida House of Representatives.
It won’t be clear whether or not the Republican voters will favor a political outsider until next year in the primaries. So far, it would appear as though Republican voters are tired of career politicians. The success of Trump and Carson really serves as strong evidence that Republicans across the country distrust Washington.
“I have hedge fund guys that are making a lot of money that aren’t paying anything.”
Mr. Singer is a hedge fund manager, so he likely doesn’t appreciate Trump’s tax plan. Trump probably wouldn’t have accepted Singer’s support anyway. As Breitbart notes, the Trump campaign is not taking donations from lobbyists or special interest groups.
As previously reported by the Inquisitr, Trump is still in the lead in most polls. He received a small jump after the CNBC debate which aired last Wednesday. Before the debate, a CBS News/New York Times poll showed that Carson had overtaken Trump by a small margin. Now, some polls are showing Trump taking back his first place spot.
There’s still plenty of time left in the race for someone to beat the outsider frontrunners, Trump and Carson. Perhaps Marco has what it takes to rise to the top of the field and win the nomination.
What do you think, can Rubio win the GOP nomination?
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