I do quite like Marco Rubio, that shouldn’t come as suprirse. Having Donald Trump in the race has been very beneificial in helping me leave some of my qualms about other candidates at the door. I’m truly appreciative.
But I enjoy Nikki Haley’s endorsement of Marco Rubio less for its impact on the race in South Carolina, and more for its symbolic value. Today, the female, minority governor of a Deep South state endorsed a Hispanic Gen-X Presidential nominee. Both of them are the children of immigrants. And either one of them could rightfully be considered the future face of their party.
South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley is endorsing Marco Rubio, giving the Florida senator a huge boost just days before the state’s crucial Saturday primary.
Haley’s endorsement is expected to come at a 6 p.m. Wednesday event in Chapin. She’ll then be on the campaign trail with Rubio through Saturday’s primary.
The popular second-term governor’s endorsement could help Rubio, who is facing attacks from both Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush ahead of Saturday’s vote.
Right now, Rubio is running at about 17%, with Cruz just barely ahead of him at 19% and the Donald up front with around 34%, according to the latest polls. This could help Marco Rubio get the “oomph” that he needs to make it to second here, and keep him in the game.
But as I said, I think the symbolic nature of the endorsement is more important. This is the second young, minority leader in South Carolina — Sen. Tim Scott being the first — to give the nod to Marco, who is one of several minorities running in the GOP field. Meanwhile, Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders, two 60-year old white people, are vying for the traditionally “progressive” DNC mantle, picking up endorsements left and right from people like Lindsay Lohan. It’s a visual contradiction to the idea that the Republican party is simply the “Party of Old White Dudes.” And it’s great.