Key Florida Bush supporters shift to Rubio

Jeb Bush
Posted at 2:19 PM, Feb 22, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-23 04:14:32-05

LAS VEGAS - South Florida's three Cuban-American members of Congress are shifting their support for president from former candidate Jeb Bush to Marco Rubio.

Republican Reps. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Mario Diaz-Balart and Carlos Curbelo said - in English and Spanish - they are backing Rubio because he could unite the GOP.

Before speaking about Rubio, Ros-Lehtinen praised Bush, saying he was "ready to be president from day one." But, echoing the other lawmakers, says Rubio can "bring new voters, new voices to our Republican Party."

They were also joined by former Rep. Lincoln Diaz-Balart and Florida Lt. Gov. Carlos Lopez-Cantera.

Bush quit the race Saturday after disappointing finishes in the Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina primaries.