Fmr. U.S. Sen. Jim Bunning endorses Marco Rubio for president

02/24/2016 01:43 PM

Former U.S. Sen. Jim Bunning, R-Kentucky, is endorsing Florida U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio in his bid for the White House.

Bunning joins other GOP leaders in Frankfort who are backing Rubio ahead of the March 5 Republican presidential caucus in the commonwealth.

“All too often, conservatives have to choose between a candidate who will fight for the values they care about most and someone who can win,” Bunning said in a statement sent by Rubio’s campaign. “Fortunately, we don’t have to make that choice this year.

“Marco Rubio is a true conservative with a proven track record,” Bunning continued. “He communicates the conservative message in a way that will not only unite our party, but grow it, and gives us the best opportunity to win in November. I am proud to offer him my full support.”

Bunning served as a U.S. Senator from 1999 to 2011, and represented Kentucky’s 4th congressional district from 1987 to 1999. The former politician is also a Hall of Fame Major League Baseball pitcher who played from 1955 to 1971.

Rubio has been gathering endorsements across the state since U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Kentucky, suspended his campaign for the White House.

The Florida Senator also grabbed up a major donor in Kentucky billionaire Joe Craft on Tuesday, according to Politico.

Nick Storm

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