Rubio on Romney Endorsement: “That Report Is False”

February 21, 2016 Updated: February 22, 2016

Florida Sen. Marco Rubio denied reports on Sunday that Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney was endorsing him for the Republican presidential nomination.

Speaking to CNN’s State of the Union Rubio said, “Well that report is false.”

“I have no reason to believe he is anywhere near endorsing,” he said, adding that “we would love to have his endorsement.”

In an article published early Sunday morning by the Huffington Post headlined “Exclusive: Mitt Romney To Endorse Marco Rubio,” it stated that Romney is eager to give his support to Rubio but had been reluctant until now out of his respect for Gov. Jeb Bush. 

Bush announced on Saturday after coming in 4th with 7.8 percent of the vote in the South Carolina primary that he was dropping his White House bid. 

Rubio, however, had a strong performance, coming in second behind Republican front-runner Donald Trump with 22.5 percent of the vote. 

Citing two unnamed Republican sources, the Huffington Post said that Romney could give his endorsement to Rubio before Tuesday’s Republican caucuses in Nevada. 

Rubio received several high profile endorsements ahead of the South Carolina primary, including South Carolina Gov. Nikki Hayley.