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MSNBC: U.S. Chamber backs Rubio in Florida


Powerful business organization pledges aid in tight three-way Senate race 

July 23, 2010- The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is backing Marco Rubio's bid for the Senate, pledging to help the tea party-favored candidate emerge from a tight three-way race in Florida.

The organization plans a Saturday rally in Orlando to announce Rubio, a former state House speaker, as its latest candidate to benefit from some $75 million the business group plans to spend on political campaigns this fall. The organization declined to detail how it would help Rubio but it is already airing ads aggressive against Democratic Senate candidates in Ohio and Pennsylvania.

Chamber political director Bill Miller said his group will "make sure people in Florida understand that there is one candidate who has been a consistent supporter of the business community and Marco Rubio is the candidate who can bring the principles of a free enterprise system to Washington."

The endorsement comes as Rubio, a surprise candidate who forced Gov. Charlie Crist to abandon his campaign for the Republican Party's nomination in the race and is instead running as an independent, reported some $4.4 million in campaign cash. Crist, who lost GOP backing over his kind words for Democratic President Barack Obama, reported $7.6 million in his campaign account.

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