Pete King endorses Marco Rubio

Rep. Pete King (R-N.Y.) is endorsing Marco RubioMarco RubioRubio: Turkey attack 'directed' by ISIS Trump: Rivals who don't back me shouldn't be allowed to run for office GOP mega-donor: Trump would cause 'global depression' MORE for president, the Florida senator's campaign announced Tuesday.

“Republicans can’t afford to forfeit this race to Hillary ClintonHillary Rodham ClintonTrump warns against Syrian refugees: 'A lot of those people are ISIS' Overnight Finance: Senate sends Puerto Rico bill to Obama | Treasury, lawmakers to meet on tax rules | Obama hits Trump on NAFTA | Fed approves most banks' capital plans Bush World goes for Clinton, but will a former president? 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.

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