Chicago's largest newspaper backing Rubio
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The Chicago Tribune is throwing its support behind Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioAnother VPOTUS tries for POTUS: What does history tell us? Tensions swirl around Iran as administration to brief Congress Tensions swirl around Iran as administration to brief Congress MORE in the Republican presidential primary race while declining to endorse a Democratic candidate.

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The influential Illinois newspaper endorsed the Florida senator's bid days before the state's March 15 primary.

The newspaper's editors praised Rubio's tax plan and foreign policy knowledge.

"We like his youth, his bilingual fluency and the fact that he isn't one more Republican who's been standing in line, awaiting his turn to run."

The editorial channeled Mitt Romney's criticism of Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpFeinstein, Iranian foreign minister had dinner amid tensions: report The Hill's Morning Report - Trump says no legislation until Dems end probes Harris readies a Phase 2 as she seeks to rejuvenate campaign MORE, cast doubt on John Kasich's ability to win across the country and knocked Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzJim Carrey fires back at 'Joe McCarthy wanna-be' Cruz Hillicon Valley: Google delays cutting off Huawei | GOP senators split over breaking up big tech | Report finds DNC lagging behind RNC on cybersecurity GOP senators split over antitrust remedies for big tech MORE, saying his "retinas cannot process shades of gray."

"The same inability to compromise that has gridlocked Washington has left Cruz all but friendless in the U.S. Senate," the editors wrote, also taking issue with "multiple ethical offenses of his staff during the primary campaign."

The newspaper, which twice endorsed Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaBudowsky: 3 big dangers for Democrats HuffPost says president's golfing trips to Trump properties cost taxpayers over 0 million in travel and security expenses Support for same-sex marriage dips 4 points from 2018 high: Gallup MORE but has since changed ownership, also declined to endorse in the Democratic race.

"This being a free country, Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonHarris readies a Phase 2 as she seeks to rejuvenate campaign Nevada Senate passes bill that would give Electoral College votes to winner of national popular vote 2020 Dems break political taboos by endorsing litmus tests MORE and Bernie SandersBernie SandersHarris readies a Phase 2 as she seeks to rejuvenate campaign 2020 Dems put spotlight on disabilities issues Lee, Sanders introduce bill to tax Wall Street transactions MORE are welcome to pander however feverishly they wish, promising vast new expenditures by a federal government already committed to wildly more spending than its taxpayers and its low-growth economy can afford," the editorial reads.

"Given the distance from economic reality that Clinton and Sanders have catapulted in their exhortations, we cannot endorse either of them in the Illinois primary election."