Sen. Alexander endorses Rubio: 'The stakes are high'

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Sen. Lamar AlexanderLamar AlexanderSenate backs equal pay for female soccer players Overnight Healthcare: Momentum on mental health? | Zika bills head to conference | Only 10 ObamaCare co-ops left Overnight Regulation: GOP slams new Obama education rules MORE (R-Tenn.) is endorsing Marco RubioMarco RubioRubio apologized to Trump for 'small hands' crack Sunday shows preview: Bernie soldiers on Fla. Senate candidate bashes Rubio MORE’s White House bid, the Florida senator's campaign announced early Sunday.

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"Marco Rubio is the conservative candidate who can inspire us, win the election, and lead our country," Alexander said in a statement. "The stakes are high. If our nominee does not win, Hillary ClintonHillary Rodham ClintonCarson: US present course set for 'carnage and death' Dems see political gold in fight over Trump's taxes Trump tears into Kristol on Twitter MORE’s justices will control the Supreme Court for 30 years and we’ll be stuck with Obamacare forever.

"I have watched Marco up close. I have seen him take the lead in passing new laws to impose tough new sanctions on Hezbollah terrorists, and to get rid of incompetent managers who weren’t doing their jobs to help veterans. He has proposed good new ideas for giving students more options for college. I am convinced he would be a strong and effective president of the United States," he added.

Alexander’s endorsement comes ahead of the Tennessee GOP primary on Super Tuesday.

Tennessee’s Republican governor, Bill Haslam, endorsed Rubio last week.

The Tennessean reported that Alexander and Haslam are scheduled to join Rubio on Monday morning in Knoxville for a campaign event.

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