Florida Senate candidate Marco Rubio (R) Tuesday asked for former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's (R) endorsement, after the conservative icon praised him this weekend.

The 2008 GOP vice presidential nominee has not officially endorsed Rubio, but at the Southern Republican Leadership Conference this weekend, Palin said "I love Marco Rubio!" adding "Marco, keep up the good work. Call me. Can I help ya?"

In an interview on Fox News Tuesday night, Rubio said "Yes. Well, we need to do that. I'd love to have her support. She's an important voice in the conservative movement in America."

Rubio is a favorite of the conservative movement. The one-time insurgent candidate has opened up a big lead over Gov. Charlie Crist (R) in the state's Senate primary, which is August 24.