Rep. Mike Pompeo has officially endorsed U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio for president.
The Wichita Republican called Rubio, R-Fla., the candidate best-equipped to handle the problems facing the nation and the candidate most likely able to prevail in the general election.
“I have two convictions about the 2016 election. First, I worry that America will be unrecognizable if we elect Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders to lead a third Obama term,” Pompeo said in an e-mail. “Second, Marco Rubio presents the clearest contrast to these twin socialists…He has truly lived the American dream that we all know America holds. And he is fearless in arguing for it.”
The freshman senator is polling third in the race nationally, according to RealClearPolitics, a website that aggregates polling data. The two candidates ahead of him have never held elected office: real estate mogul Donald Trump and retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson.
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“When I think of the challenges facing our nation – whether it’s our broken healthcare system, runaway government spending, or job creation domestically, or threats from terror groups like ISIS, al-Qaeda, or the terror regime in Iran internationally – there is simply no candidate better to tackle them than Marco Rubio,” Pompeo said.
Pompeo’s endorsement comes several months ahead of the Kansas presidential caucuses, which will be held March 5.