Sen. James Risch (R-Idaho) announced Wednesday that he is backing Sen. Marco RubioMarco RubioThe Hill's 12:30 Report North Korean official calls Trump idea of meeting 'nonsense' Senate candidate taunts Sanders: Why don't you endorse Alan Grayson? MORE for president, giving the Florida Republican his third Senate endorsement this week.
Rubio snags third Senate endorsement
"Having worked with Senator Rubio since his early days in the Senate, I have been greatly impressed with his understanding and quick grasp of the serious issues that arise here," Risch said in a statement released by Rubio's campaign. "I enthusiastically support Senator Rubio in his campaign for the presidency."
Risch's office also confirmed his endorsement.
The Idaho Republican and former governor highlighted Rubio's "unparalleled" communications skills and "fresh view" on issues facing the country.
He added that "Marco brings a fresh view to the many challenges facing America today, domestically with our serious financial problems and internationally with our security and standing on the world stage both dramatically deteriorating."
Risch is the third Republican senator to endorse Rubio in as many days. Fellow western-state Republican Sens. Cory GardnerCory GardnerAmerican technology leadership: We can't take it for granted McConnell touts 'Senate squad' in Wes Anderson-style video Senators push EPA to pay mine waste spill claims MORE (Colo.) and Steve Daines (Mont.) also announced their support this week.
The backing of Risch, who serves with Rubio on the Foreign Relations Committee, gives the senator an edge over former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush in Senate endorsements, according to The Hill's tracking of congressional endorsements.
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