Rubio snags third Senate endorsement

Sen. James Risch (R-Idaho) announced Wednesday that he is backing Sen. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioOvernight Cybersecurity: What we learned from Carter Page's House Intel testimony | House to mark up foreign intel reform law | FBI can't access Texas shooter's phone | Sessions to testify at hearing amid Russia scrutiny Cornyn: Senate GOP tax plan to be released Thursday This week: GOP seeks to advance tax overhaul MORE for president, giving the Florida Republican his third Senate endorsement this week. 

"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." 
 
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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 Scott GardnerThe Hill's 12:30 Report The Hill's 12:30 Report Don't blame 'megadonors' for the GOP effort to repeal ObamaCare 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.