Pete King endorses Marco Rubio

Rep. Pete King (R-N.Y.) is endorsing Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioRyan pledges 'entitlement reform' in 2018 Richard Gere welcomes lawmakers' words of support for Tibet Dem lawmaker gives McConnell's tax reform op-ed a failing grade MORE for president, the Florida senator's campaign announced Tuesday.

“Republicans can’t afford to forfeit this race to Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonGrassley blasts Democrats over unwillingness to probe Clinton GOP lawmakers cite new allegations of political bias in FBI Top intel Dem: Trump Jr. refused to answer questions about Trump Tower discussions with father MORE by nominating the wrong candidate," King said in a statement.

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"I’m endorsing Marco Rubio because he has all the ingredients for a winning campaign: inspiration, judgement, and vision."

King, who flirted with a presidential run himsefl, said Rubio can be trusted to "deliver real results" when he is in the White House. The representative's main issue is national security, which he said Rubio understands.

"Most important of all for me, Marco has a thorough knowledge of foreign policy and fully understands the true nature of the terrorist threat," King said in the statement.

Many lawmakers have flocked to back Rubio since Florida Gov. Jeb Bush suspended his campaign on Saturday. Rubio also rolled out a series of endorsements in Nevada ahead of the Republican caucus Tuesday.