Missouri Congressman Jason Smith Endorses Rubio
October 22, 2015

(AP) – Missouri’s Republican U.S. Rep. Jason Smith is backing presidential hopeful Marco Rubio.

Smith said in a statement Thursday that the country needs a “new generation of leadership” and said Rubio has his full support.

Rubio is touting himself as a fresh face for the GOP and won his Senate seat in 2010 as a tea party favorite.

Smith also was elected with some tea party backing when voters picked him in a special election in 2013 to represent southeast Missouri’s 8th Congressional District in the U.S. House.

Smith’s endorsement of Rubio follows public support from state House Speaker Todd Richardson, another prominent Missouri politician.

Richardson is chairman of Rubio’s campaign in Missouri.

Rubio Returns Fire for Romney, Obama Magic is Gone
May 6, 2012

The Obama campaign magic is dead.
That’s the conclusion of Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), speaking on “Fox News Sunday.”
“All the things that made him different and special four years ago are gone,” Rubio told host Chris Wallace during an interview that focused heavily on President Barack Obama’s record on the economy.
“He told the American people he knew how to fix it,” Rubio said of Obama’s vows to improve the nation’s dismal economic conditions during 2008 and 2009.
“Things have not gotten better … he doesn’t want to run on that record,” Rubio then said, arguing that’s why Obama has lately been targeting presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney more and more.
Obama “has become just like anyone else in Washington, D.C.”, Rubio said of the way Obama communicates as a politician. “He has lost himself, and he has lost what makes him different.”
Rubio is widely considered a potential running mate for Romney, the presumptive GOP presidential nominee, although Rubio has said repeatedly he’s not seeking the job.

CPAC Delegates Like Rubio For Veep
February 12, 2012

Senator Marco Rubio of Florida was the overwhelming pick of delegates at the CPAC conference for second spot on the 2012 GOP ticket.
At a straw poll of more than 3,000 people attending the conference, Mitt Romney bested Rick Santorum in the Presidential survey 27-25%.
But Rubio gather a plurality of the Veep votes.
Here’s are the results
CPAC Vice Presidential Nominee Preference

Marco Rubio: 34%
Chris Christie: 9%
Bob McDonnell 9%
Paul Ryan 8%
Mitch Daniels 6%
Herman Cain 5%
Rick Perry 4%
Jon Huntsman 4%
Susan Martinez 2%
John Boehner 1%
Pat Toomey 1%
Other 12%

In a CPAC’s national telephone survey of conservatives, Rubio and Christie each got 15% of the survey. 27% of the national survey had no preference. That was the largest response.