Rubio holds private meeting with Ron DeSantis, says he’s a “very strong candidate”
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Rubio holds private meeting with Ron DeSantis, says he’s a “very strong candidate”


During the 2016 presidential election, Senator Marco Rubio ran for re-election to the U.S. Senate and convincingly defeated Democratic Congressman Patrick Murphy, collecting a record 4,835,191 votes.

With that said, Rubio’s statewide popularity is at the highest it’s been since he first won election to the U.S. Senate in 2010.

Rubio’s endorsement (next to President Trump’s) is the holy grail of endorsements for any politician running for office in Florida.

We caught up to Rubio during the Republican Party of Florida annual meeting in Orlando where he had just finished having a private meeting with newly-announce Republican gubernatorial candidate Rep. Ron DeSantis.

Rubio said that during his 20+minute meeting with DeSantis he shared campaign trail experiences with the latest announced gubernatorial candidate. While Rubio said that he “generally” doesn’t involve himself in primary elections, he did thing that DeSantis was a “very strong candidate,” adding that his longtime friend, Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam, was also a strong candidate.

So, I like Ron a lot. I don’t generally get involved in primaries, I’ve known Adam Putnam for long, so I will let Republican primary voters decide. Adam will be a strong candidate, Ron will be a very strong candidate and we were just going through some of the experiences I had when I ran statewide a couple times. He’s got a good team and a good story to tell.”Sen. Marco Rubio (R)

When asked Rubio about the national fundraising prowess that DeSantis developed, Rubio said the following:

“Yeah, certainly. Being able to do some of the national issues and getting on Fox News all the time and people getting to see some of the things he’s working on. Certainly, the president’s tweet will be helpful in a Republican primary,” adding that DeSantis was a “very formidable candidate.”

With DeSantis and Putnam having officially entered the GOP gubernatorial sweepstakes, all eyes are now on Florida Speaker of the House Richard Corcoran.

Corcoran is expected to announce his candidacy shortly after the 2018 legislative session concludes in early March. Corcoran is also friends with Rubio, having been his Chief of Staff during the Senators stint as Speaker.

Javier Manjarres

Javier Manjarres is a nationally renowned award-winning South Florida-based political journalist who owns and manages Diverse New Media, Corp and Shark Tank Media, LLc. Under the Diverse New Media umbrella, he writes, manages, and publishes,,, and, in addition to publishing the conservative website,, which can be found under Shark Tank Media, LLc. During the 2018 election cycle, he ran in the Republican primary race for congress in Florida’s 22nd congressional district. He and his fiancé Michelle have two small children. He enjoys soccer, mixed martial arts, weight-lifting, swimming and biking. Email him at [email protected] Javier is also a political consultant, and has also authored "BROWN PEOPLE," which is a book about Hispanic Politics. Learn more at

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