Alexander endorses Rubio

U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander formally endorsed Marco Rubio for president Sunday, saying he’s convinced the Florida senator would help Republicans take back the White House and that he would be “a strong and effective” leader.

Further from Michael Collins:

“Marco Rubio is the conservative candidate who can inspire us, win the election and lead our country,” the Maryville Republican said. “The stakes are high. If our nominee does not win, Hillary Clinton’s justices will control the Supreme Court for 30 years, and we’ll be stuck with Obamacare forever.”

Alexander has said for weeks that he did not plan to endorse any candidate in Tuesday’s primary election. He did not say why he decided to publicly throw his support to Rubio just two days before voters head to the polls.

In his statement, Alexander said he has watched Rubio “up close” and seen him take on a number of issues.

“I have seen him take the lead in passing new laws to impose tough new sanctions on Hezbollah terrorists and to get rid of incompetent managers who weren’t doing their jobs to help veterans,” Alexander said.

He also praised Rubio for proposing “good new ideas for giving students more options for college.”

“I am convinced he would be a strong and effective president of the United States,” he said.

Note: The press release is below.

News release from Marco Rubio campaign
Today, Tennessee Senator Lamar Alexander endorsed Marco Rubio for president. Senator Alexander is joining Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam in endorsing Marco.

Senator Alexander was elected to the U.S. Senate in 2003. He has previously served as the U.S. Secretary of Education in the George H.W. Bush Administration from 1991 to 1993, and as Governor of Tennessee from 1979 to 1987. Throughout his time in public office, Senator Alexander has been a strong advocate for conservative principles.

“Marco Rubio is the conservative candidate who can inspire us, win the election, and lead our country. The stakes are high. If our nominee does not win, Hillary Clinton’s justices will control the Supreme Court for 30 years and we’ll be stuck with Obamacare forever.

“I have watched Marco up close. I have seen him take the lead in passing new laws to impose tough new sanctions on Hezbollah terrorists, and to get rid of incompetent managers who weren’t doing their jobs to help veterans. He has proposed good new ideas for giving students more options for college. I am convinced he would be a strong and effective president of the United States.”