Rubio snags third Senate endorsement

Sen. James Risch (R-Idaho) announced Wednesday that he is backing Sen. Marco RubioMarco RubioRepublicans giving Univision the cold shoulder: report Week ahead: Senate panel to vote on Trump's Labor pick Senators introduce new Iran sanctions 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 GardnerTrump’s budget jeopardizes America’s public lands heritage Repeal of Obama drilling rule stalls in the Senate Colorado Dem at the center of Gorsuch confirmation fight 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.