Santorum Endorses Rubio, Embarrasses Himself Trying To Explain Why (Video)

In case you hadn’t heard, Rick Santorum suspended his campaign for president and endorsed Sen. Marco Rubio. While that’s not exactly a big surprise considering Rubio seems to be the lone hope the Republican party has to possibly defeat Donald Trump, most people would think that if you endorse someone you’d have some sort of specifics as to why you gave that person your support.



So, during an interview with MSNBC’s Morning Joe, Joe Scarborough asked Santorum what Rubio had accomplished in his time in the Senate that led to earning his endorsement. Instead of providing an answer, Santorum proceeded to embarrass himself by not being able to name a single thing.

“He’s been in the Senate for four years,” Scarborough stated. “Can you name his top accomplishment in the Senate, actually working in the Senate doing something that tilted your decision to Marco Rubio?”

“If you look at being in the minority in the United States Senate in a year when nothing got, four years where nothing got done, I guess it’s hard to say there are accomplishments,” Santorum said. “I mean, tell me what happened during that four years that was an accomplishment for anybody? It was complete gridlock.”

I always laugh when Republicans say there was “gridlock” in Congress as if their party wasn’t the one responsible for it. So, in actuality, Rubio was partially responsible for that gridlock.

Scarborough didn’t let up, making Santorum look rather foolish by pointing out the fact that Republicans have had complete control of Congress for a year.

“The Republicans have been in the majority for one year and one month, of which, as you know, he was running for president primarily,” Santorum responded.

So, he’s admitting that he’s endorsing someone for the presidency who hasn’t been doing the job the taxpayers are paying him to do for the last year? Sorry, Rick, that’s probably not the best argument to make.

But it didn’t stop there, the Morning Joe host continued to press Santorum on the issue.

“I’m just asking you to name one accomplishment that Marco Rubio – list one accomplishment. Just one. Just one that Marco achieved. Maybe a bill that he wrote. Maybe a moment in a committee,” Scarborough pressed.

This is when co-host Mika Brzezinski tried to help the senator out in a slightly sarcastic way.

“Jeb Bush ran Florida. Donald Trump built a company,” Brzezinski said. “Marco Rubio, finish the sentence.”

Santorum then proceeded to list “accomplishments” Rubio achieved that had nothing to do with anything he’s done in the Senate.



After stumbling even more, continuing to insist that he’s been campaigning most of the last year, Santorum finally admitted that Rubio hasn’t accomplished much of anything.

“The bottom line is there isn’t a whole lot of accomplishments, Joe, and I just don’t think it’s a fair question,” Santorum stated.

Ouch. 

Nothing like your first endorsement from a former presidential candidate being someone who admits on live television that you’ve accomplished practically nothing as senator.

While many within the RNC are celebrating the rise of Rubio, if for nothing else than to give them a glimmer of hope that someone can take down Donald Trump and Ted Cruz, they really shouldn’t be. He’s not a strong candidate and his record is basically non-existent. While Rubio is someone who prepares well for debates, he’s struggled to deal with Trump and Cruz, two candidates who are being a whole lot nicer to him than either Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders would be. And the truth of the matter is, his “rise” is more about people selecting the “safest” candidate who they think stands the best chance at winning in the general election over picking Rubio because they actually think he would make a good president.

Which is why I call him 2016’s Mitt Romney. He’s not the candidate Republicans really want, he’s just the only candidate many of them feel won’t get completely crushed in the general election.

Watch the interview below via MSNBC:





Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.

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