Senator Coats endorses Marco Rubio

Dan Coats
FILE - In this Feb. 27, 2015 file photo, Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla. speaks in National Harbor, Md. When Rubio launches his Republican presidential campaign Monday, he’ll have to answer a simple question. Why now? Rubio, a rising star on Capitol Hill, is just 43 years old. He could wait another four years, even eight, and still be a relatively young candidate. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)
FILE – In this Feb. 27, 2015 file photo, Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla. speaks in National Harbor, Md. When Rubio launches his Republican presidential campaign Monday, he’ll have to answer a simple question. Why now? Rubio, a rising star on Capitol Hill, is just 43 years old. He could wait another four years, even eight, and still be a relatively young candidate. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

WASHINGTON, D.C. (WANE) – Retiring senator Dan Coats has endorses presidential candidate Marco Rubio for President of the United States.

“It is clear to me that Marco Rubio is that candidate”, Coats said in a statement. “He has all the qualities needed to unite our fractured nation and address the major domestic and foreign policy challenges that confront America because of Barack Obama’s failed leadership.”

The senator worked with Rubio on the Senate Intelligence Committee for more than 5 years.

“I am excited to support him and look forward to the next generation of conservative leadership under Marco Rubio,” Coats said.

Coats wants a Republican that can unite the party and earn support from independents and “disaffected” Democrats.

Last March, Coats announced that he wasn’t seeking re-election. He served in the House of Representatives from 1981 to 1989 before working in the Senate until 1999. After serving as U.S. Ambassador to Germany, he again returned to the Senate in 2011.

 

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