Sen. Corey Gardner Endorses Marco Rubio: ‘What Colorado and this Country Wants’

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After Gov. Jeb Bush finished up his most recent campaign reboot speech, Sen. Corey Gardner (R-CO) jumped on Fox News to endorse Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) for president.

“After the debate in Colorado, I thought Marco did an excellent job framing what I believe to be what Colorado and this country wants,” Gardner said today on Fox News.

Gardner is a fresh face in the Senate largely celebrated in the media for his sunny attitude that helped him defeat the more gloomy Sen. Mark Udall (D-CO) in 2014. His endorsement will likely help Rubio portray himself as a youthful and optimistic choice, but not one that is prepared to be a conservative warrior.

During his 2014 campaign, Gardner criticized Udall (D-CO) for voting to “make undocumented individuals felons” and signaled that immigration reform efforts like the DREAM act were “part of the solution” to the growing immigration problems in the country.

Rubio helped Gardner in his Colorado race, appearing in Spanish ads for him sponsored by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in 2014.

On Fox News, Gardner pointed out that Rubio beat “more seasoned and accomplished debaters” during the Republican presidential primary debates.

The freshman Senator from Colorado serves with Rubio on the Foreign Relations Committee.

When asked about Rubio’s poor attendance record in the Senate, Gardner called it a “double standard,” after Obama missed so many votes when he first ran for president in 2008.