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story.lead_photo.caption Nearly 30 Arkansas elected officials endorsed Florida Sen. Marco Rubio for president during a news conference Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2016. - Photo by Jaime Dunaway

Twenty-eight Arkansas elected officials endorsed Florida Sen. Marco Rubio for president during a news conference Tuesday at the state Capitol.

Many of those endorsing Rubio, a group which included Lt. Gov. Tim Griffin and U.S. Reps. Rick Crawford and Steve Womack, had previously supported former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee before he suspended his campaign Feb. 1.

"I believe deeply that Marco Rubio has the vision for America that best articulates the conservative principles of the Republican Party," said Arkansas House of Representatives Majority Leader Ken Bragg, R-Sheridan. "Most of all, I think Rubio has the appeal across the broad spectrum of the populace that will bring our party together and our country together."

State Senate Majority Leader Jim Hendren, R-Gravette, praised Rubio's commitment to national security and military strength.

"There is no greater time that it has been so imperative that we elect a president who understands foreign policy and how to deal with the threats that we face," he said.

Rubio's state chairman, state Sen. Bart Hester, R-Cave Springs, concluded the news conference by saying he was confident the senator would visit before the primary and that Arkansans could expect to see him "very soon."

"His message of family and faith is going to do very, very well here in Arkansas," Hester said.

Officials who have endorsed Marco Rubio

Senate President Jonathan Dismang

Senate Majority Leader Jim Hendren

State Senator Missy Irvin

State Senator Greg Standridge

State Senator John Cooper

State Senator Jeremy Hutchinson

House Majority Leader Ken Bragg

House Majority Whip Jim Dotson

State Rep. Justin Boyd

State Rep. Charlie Collins

State Rep. Jana Della Rosa

State Rep. Lanny Fite

State Rep. Mark Lowery

State Rep. Laurie Rushing

State Rep. DeAnn Vaught

State Rep. Micah Neal

State Rep. Prissy Hickerson

State Rep. Ken Henderson

State Rep. Nate Bell

State Rep. Dan Douglas

State Rep. Mickey Gates

State Rep. Charlene Fite

State Rep. Karilyn Brown

State Rep. David Meeks

State Rep. Andy Davis

State Rep. Grant Hodges

State Rep. Gary Deffenbaugh

Read Wednesday's Arkansas Democrat-Gazette for full details.


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    February 16, 2016 at 9:40 p.m.

    It seems to me that if these Legislators wanted to make some kind of Statement about Picking someone to support for President, Why would they Pick a Empty Suit??

  • carpenterretired
    February 16, 2016 at 10:52 p.m.

    The question would these guys buy a used car from Rubio or flood insurance ?

  • PopMom
    February 17, 2016 at 5:37 a.m.


    Rubio is not quite ready for prime time. He can't handle his own finances. He also has issues with misuse of the Republican Party credit card. If you don't think Hillary will use his arrest in a park with a guy with ties to gay porn, you are sadly mistaken. Hillary might prefer Rubio to Trump. Kasich is the only Republican who can beat her. I guess that it may be time for the first female president.