Sen. Coats endorses presidential candidate Marco Rubio

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Marco Rubio speaks at an event in Urbandale, Iowa after the 2016 Iowa Caucus.

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Feb. 22, 2016)– Senator Dan Coats (R-Indiana) formally endorsed presidential candidate Marco Rubio Monday.

Senators Coats and Rubio have served on the senate intelligence committee for more than five years together.

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

Sen. Joe Donnelly (D-Indiana) has said he supports Hillary Clinton.

Full statement from Sen. Coats:

“After months of spirited debates and now three consequential primary contests, it is time to focus on which Republican candidate can best unite our party, earn the support of independents and disaffected Democrats and win the election this fall.

“It is clear to me that Marco Rubio is that candidate. 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.

“I have sat literally side-by-side with Marco on the Senate Intelligence Committee for over five years and have witnessed up close his grasp of complex issues and readiness to lead our nation as commander-in-chief. I am excited to support him and look forward to the next generation of conservative leadership under Marco Rubio.”