Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback endorses Rubio
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Kansas Governor Sam Brownback (R) on Monday endorsed Marco RubioMarco RubioThe ignored question: What does the future Republican Party look like? Graham to roll out extension of Obama immigration program Trump and Cuba: A murky future MORE’s presidential campaign.

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Rubio’s campaign made the announcement in a statement that described Brownback as “one of the most conservative governors in the country” who has been “one of the nation's strongest defenders of the unborn, limited government, and traditional values.”

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Brownback said Rubio has a “proven track record of protecting life, defending religious liberty, and undoing Obamacare.”

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