NYT’s Jeremy Peters: Mitt Romney Holding Back On Rubio Endorsement, Not Convinced He Can Win

Mitt Romney, accompanied by Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fl at the University of Miami, Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2012, in Coral Gables, Fla.
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Jeremy Peters of the New York Times tells Breitbart News daily host Stephen K. Bannon about a recent piece he co-wrote with Michael Barbaro, “Marco Rubio Gets Party’s Blessing, but Not Voters.”

“There was a poll out the other day that showed Trump far, far ahead in Massachusetts. Now if an establishment candidate can’t win in a state like Massachusetts, I think that’s going to be a harbinger of where this election is headed,” said Peters.

Asked if Rubio’s current weak numbers in Massachusetts may have something to do with Romney holding back on an endorsement, Peters added, “I had a source close to Mitt Romney tell me that is the reason, yesterday. That he doesn’t want to … what does he gain by endorsing somebody who has a slim point of winning, from their point of view.”

Peters’ aforementioned article examined how Marco Rubio has been garnering plenty of establishment backing, including dollars and endorsements; however, it’s more difficult to find the number of voters required to justify it.

Senator Marco Rubio has persuaded wealthy donors, Republican Party elders and his colleagues in Congress that he represents their best chance to overtake the seemingly invincible force that is Donald J. Trump.

He just cannot seem to persuade the voters.

His distant second-place finish in Nevada on Tuesday night — 22 points behind Mr. Trump and just 2.5 ahead of Senator Ted Cruz — highlights how precarious his path is becoming and the profound difficulty Mr. Rubio faces as the candidate of the party’s pragmatic mainstream in a year of voter anger and rejection.

Mr. Rubio’s time and his opportunities for victory are quickly running out, according to even his own supporters, who are offering increasingly candid assessments of his chances.

“It’s not going to be easy for Marco Rubio to do it,” said Representative Peter T. King of New York, who endorsed Mr. Rubio on Tuesday. “There is no doubt that right now, Trump is the favorite.”

The entire interview can be heard below. Breitbart News Daily airs from 6AM-9AM EST on Sirius XM Patriot channel 125.