Rep. Erik Paulsen joins Minnesota GOP bandwagon, endorses Rubio
February 22, 2016 — 4:51pm
WASHINGTON -- Rep. Erik Paulsen is the latest Minnesota Republican politician to endorse Florida Sen. Marco Rubio in the GOP presidential primary.
"Marco understands the American dream because he has lived it and he knows that for future generations of Americans to have a shot at that dream, we need a new generation of conseravtive leadership in Washington," he said, in a statement released by Rubio's camp.
Paulsen's endorsement late Monday comes after his colleague, outgoing Rep. John Kline, endorsed Rubio earlier this month and former Sen. Norm Coleman shifted his support from Jeb Bush to Rubio about an hour after Bush dropped out of the race Saturday night.
Former Gov. Tim Pawlenty endorsed Rubio earlier Monday on CNN.
A Duluth native who just barely lost Virginia's GOP gubernatorial primary said that politicians have not gone far enough in condemning the left for violence during a rally of white nationalists in Charlottesville. "I think that the left is going to try to use this as an excuse to crack down on conservative free speech," said Corey Stewart. "I think they're going to try to use this as an excuse to remove more historical monuments."