Marco Rubio was stunned with the way his campaign ended on Tuesday evening after losing his home state of Florida to Donald Trump. It was a sobering blow for him and one that ended his hopes of being the next president. While it was a major disappointment for him, Rubio must endorse Ted Cruz if he wants to get the last laugh against Trump.
Following Tuesday’s Republican primaries, Trump holds a major lead in the delegate count. He has 661 delegates on his side, with Cruz coming in second with 406 and Ohio governor John Kasich far behind, with just 142 delegates.
While Rubio may no longer be in the running to win the Republican nomination, he can still help defeat Trump. He has been teaming up in a way with Cruz in recent debates to attack Trump and bring out weaknesses in the businessman. Now it is time for Rubio to do his part in rallying the party around Cruz.
There seems to be no chance that Rubio would ever consider endorsing Trump, like Ben Carson ended up doing.
Cruz would see a spike in his percentages if Rubio did endorse him moving forward. He has been splitting so many votes with Rubio against Trump, which has hurt both candidates. Combining their forces would make things even more difficult for Trump, and would give Cruz a fighting chance to make a comeback in the race to 1,237 delegates.
At this point in time, there don’t seem to be any other options for Rubio. He doesn’t want Trump to take home the nomination, which means that Cruz is the only other option. Kasich is too far behind to make much sense at this point, even though he has been the most mature candidate throughout the entire process.
Endorsing another candidate isn’t going to be easy for a competitor like Rubio. He was supposed to be the bright future for the Republican party, but simply never could get traction when it mattered. Rubio must swallow his pride and focus on doing what is best for himself and his party.
Trump has done an excellent job of bullying his way to votes, but he simply isn’t a presidential figure. There is no way that he will be able to do all the things he says he will do and the dangers that come with him aren’t worth the risk.
Cruz may not be a perfect candidate, but he is a much more mature choice. He has lowered himself to throwing insults and accusations back at Trump, but that is human nature.
It would be a major change since the early stages of the race for the nomination. At one point, Rubio was throwing accusations at Cruz. During the Fox News Republican Debate back in January, Rubio took aim at Cruz on stage and fired at Cruz for his immigration reform.
“The truth is, Ted, throughout this campaign, you’ve been willing to say or do anything in order to get votes. You helped design George W. Bush’s immigration policy… Now you want to trump Trump on immigration. But you can’t — we’re not gonna beat Hillary Clinton with someone who’s willing to say or do anything to win an election.”
Looking back on those comments, it seems crazy to think that these two could side together to defeat Trump.
Swallowing pride is never an easy thing to do for any human being. That is exactly what it will take for Rubio to do the right thing and support Cruz. It may be one of the most difficult things Rubio will have to do in his political career, but it is for the greater good of the United States of America.
One thing is for sure, which is the fact that a Rubio endorsement of Cruz would make the race much more interesting. Trump would gain some of Rubio’s supporters, but the vast majority would side with Cruz moving forward.
Do you think that Marco Rubio should team up with Ted Cruz and endorse him to defeat Donald Trump? Would a Rubio endorsement help take Cruz to the level of seriously competing with Trump?
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