McConnell Has Support of Another Tea Party Leader

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press
Marco Rubio

Marco Rubio

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) -- Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell has the support of tea party darling Marco Rubio for re-election next year.

The Republican senator from Florida said during an appearance on FOX News Sunday that he supports McConnell's re-election. The McConnell campaign distributed a transcript of Rubio's weekend comments to media covering the Kentucky race.

McConnell and his GOP primary challenger, Louisville businessman Matt Bevin, have been competing for tea party endorsements.

Rubio said McConnell has done a good job as leader of the Senate Republicans, which he described as a diverse group with lots of different opinions.

McConnell already has the endorsement of another high-profile tea party Republican, Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky.

The winner of the McConnell-Bevin matchup will likely face Democratic front-runner Alison Lundergan Grimes in the general election.

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