Rubio, Kasich announce new endorsements in run up to caucus

02/29/2016 08:12 PM

The campaigns for Republican presidential candidates U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio and Ohio Gov. John Kasich continue to name new endorsements from former Congressmen in the scramble for delegates in Kentucky.

The endorsements come a day ahead of Super Tuesday and less than a week before Saturday’s Kentucky GOP caucus.

On Sunday, Rubio garnered the endorsement of another former member of Kentucky’s Republican federal delegation with the backing of former 4th Dist. U.S. Rep. Geoff Davis.

Davis’ announcement came in the form of an op-ed which ran in Northern Kentucky.

“U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio is the only candidate with a plan and a record of working to build and strengthen our military,” Davis wrote.“His mastery and command of our defense budget, and his forceful advocacy for real force upgrades on cybersecurity, missile defense and intelligence make him ideally suited for the Oval Office from day one.

“I find his temperament, policy fluency and judgment to be superior to any candidate in the race.”

Rubio’s Kentucky team also rolled out a series of endorsement from college students in the commonwealth on Monday who support the Florida senator.

Meanwhile, Kasich is lauding the endorsement of former Republican 6th Dist. U.S. Rep. Larry Hopkins.

Hopkins snubbed former GOP gubernatorial candidates in 2007 and again 2011 campaigns for governor by backing Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear.

In a statement, Hopkins said he has deep respect for Kasich in the presidential contest.

“As our neighbor across the river, Kentuckians have had a front row seat to his record of success of balancing the budget and cutting taxes in Ohio,” Hopkinsa said. “I am proud to endorse him and support his candidacy to the White House to bring fiscal responsibility to the federal government.”

Republican front runner Donald Trump will campaign in Louisville on Tuesday and Rubio has announced he will appear at rally in Lexington on Friday. Retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson campaigned in Lexington on Monday.

About Nick Storm

Nick Storm is the Anchor and Managing Editor of Pure Politics, the only nightly program dedicated to Kentucky politics. Nick covers all of the political heavyweights and his investigative work brings to light issues that might otherwise go unnoticed, like the connection between the high profile Steubenville, Ohio rape and a Kentucky hacker whose push for further investigation could put him in federal prison. Nick is also working on a feature length bio documentary Outlaw Poet: A documentary on Ron Whitehead. Follow Nick on Twitter @NickStorm_cn2. Nick can be reached at 502-792-1107 or nicholas.storm@twcnews.com.

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