- The Washington Times - Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Sen. Ted Cruz, a former 2016 GOP presidential rival of Sen. Marco Rubio, threw his support behind Mr. Rubio’s re-election bid Wednesday.

“Marco is a friend and has been an ally in many battles we have fought together in the Senate,” Mr. Cruz, Texas Republican, said in a statement. “I’m glad to support him in his bid for re-election.

“Marco is a tremendous communicator and a powerful voice for the American Dream,” Mr. Cruz said.

“At this time of great challenges, we very much need strong leaders in the Senate who will fight to restore economic growth, to defend our constitutional liberties, and to ensure a strong national security for our nation,” he said.

Earlier Wednesday, Mr. Rubio announced he will run for re-election — reversing his earlier choice not to run for his Senate seat as he was running for president.

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