A video surfaced that shows 2016 Republican presidential candidate Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., campaigning for his current opponent, former Gov. Mike Huckabee, in 2008.
Allahpundit of Hot Air pointed out last month that Rubio, then speaker of the Florida House of Representatives, backed Huckabee in mid-December of 2007. This was just over one month before the Florida primary.
“This is not your traditional campaign,” Rubio said in the clip, which you can view above.
Quite frankly this has become more like a movement. And we owe it to each of you who by small donations that you’ve made, by the hours that you’ve donated.
From all across the country, people are doing their part to make sure that the next president of the United States is Mike Huckabee.
Rubio’s mentor, former Gov. Jeb Bush (R), was helping Mitt Romney in 2008. Bush is expected to enter the 2016 presidential race in the coming weeks.
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“For those of us who consider ourselves to be Reagan conservatives, Mike Huckabee is our best chance to win the nomination,” Rubio said in his endorsement, according to the Herald-Tribune. “People are looking for genuineness and sincerity in politics. He has those qualities as well as the positive leadership skills needed to run our country.”
Allahpundit speculates their “sheer personal likability” factors into why Rubio endorsed his now-opponent nearly eight years ago:
Huckabee’s seen, fairly or not, as a social conservative champion who happens to be conservative-ish on other issues while Rubio’s seen as a “checks all the boxes” conservative who also happens to be a social con. On policy, though, they’re not terribly different.
They’re both hawkish and admired by righties for their passionate pro-life rhetoric. Like Rubio, Huck’s shown some moderation on immigration; like Huck, Rubio’s been accused of being too far towards the center on taxes.
Beyond policy, though, they each have a conspicuous knack for being able to charm voters on the stump. There may be 300 Republicans running for president this year but in terms of sheer personal likability, there’s no contest about who the top two are. That’s Huckabee and Rubio, in whichever order you prefer.
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