Donnie Wahlberg endorses Rubio

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Donnie Wahlberg endorsed Republican presidential candidate Marco RubioMarco RubioSenate rivals gear up for debates Rubio: End of Obama's term could be 'most damaging yet' Fifteen years since pivotal executive order, STORM Act could help fight terror finance MORE, his campaign announced Sunday.

Wahlberg, a Massachusetts-born singer and actor, said in his endorsement the country needs a leader like the Florida senator.

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"Even though we do not see eye to eye on every issue, I know that Marco is a man of principle who can be trusted to keep us safe and give each and every one of us a shot at the American Dream," Wahlberg said in a statement.

He referenced Rubio's background and said the candidate will be able to unite the country.

"Marco is a humble man who has not forgotten his roots, and he will fight to make sure that where you come from does not determine how far you can go. We need a leader like Marco to inspire a new Republican party and unite our nation, and I am proud to support him for President."