Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio isn't tipping his hand on the prospect he'll get the endorsement of Jeb Bush before the March 15 primary in their home state of Florida.
Winning the state would be crucial for Rubio as he tries to chase down GOP front-runner Donald Trump. Florida will award all of its 99 delegates to the winner of its primary.
Bush, a former Florida governor, remains an influential figure in state Republican circles. He's also a face of the GOP establishment and an unsuccessful candidate for president this year, making his potential support tricky for Rubio given how primary voters have embraced outsiders such as Trump.
Rubio said Saturday at conservative gathering in suburban Washington that he believes Bush was "the greatest governor in Florida history." The Florida senator confirmed the two allies-turned-rivals have spoken since Bush ended his White House bid on Feb. 20, but he said he won't discuss private conversations he has with anyone.
Rubio also won applause for his description of how he responds to jabs from Trump. Rubio said, "Where I grew up, if someone keeps punching people in the face, eventually someone's going to have to stand up and punch them back."
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