With Jeb out, former Sen. Norm Coleman throws support behind Rubio
February 20, 2016 — 9:48pm
WASHINGTON -- Within an hour of former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush backing out of the GOP presidential primary, former Sen. Norm Coleman said he was shifting support to Florida Sen. Marco Rubio.
Coleman said in January he was backing Bush. He had previously been running Sen. Lindsey Graham's super PAC. Graham was a presidential hopeful last year, but suspended his campaign in January.
Late Saturday, Coleman said:
"Wish Bush out, I'm clearly on Rubio's team. I'm not sure whether that helps or hurts. I thought Jeb was the most qualified to be president," he said. "But Rubio clearly is our best hope and most qualified to be commander in chief with Jeb out of the race."
Rubio and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz were battling for second place after Donald Trump won South Carolina's Republican primary Saturday.
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Rep. Collin Peterson of Minnesota will support a Senate bill that requires food sold in the U.S. to carry labels disclosing genetically modified ingredients if it reaches the House for a vote. Peterson, a Democrat who is the ranking minority member of the House Agriculture Committee, reached that decision after studying a new Senate proposal. If passed by both chambers and signed into law, it would become the nation's first mandatory on-package labeling law for genetically modified organisms - known as GMOs. Peterson voted for a House bill that outlawed mandatory on-package designation of genetically engineered ingredients. But he said that the need for a national labeling policy in lieu of state laws like one that takes effect in Vermont July 1 was more important than deadlocking over on-package GMO labels.
Gov. Mark Dayton, looking to jump-start stalled negotiations with Republicans over a major package of public works projects and tax cuts, said on WCCO radio Wednesday that he's willing to forgo some infrastructure projects he previously said were must-haves.