Republican presidential candidate, businessman Donald Trump, pauses as Republican presidential candidate, Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., center and Republican presidential candidate, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, greet at a break during a Republican presidential primary debate at The University of Houston, Thursday, Feb. 25, 2016, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

Do We Have a Cruz-Rubio Deal?

There are rumors afoot. Rumors, people. Rumors. I’m reminding you this is just a rumor. Did I mention it is just a rumor and an unconfirmed rumor at that.

So I’ve been saying that Rubio needed to get on out and barnstorm the state of Florida with Cruz to get his voters to go to Cruz. The problem is not Florida, which Rubio is otherwise going to lose, but the other states at play on Tuesday. Like in Maine, Texas, and Idaho, Rubio on the ballot could hold Cruz down where he’d otherwise win the majority or all of the delegates.

But Rubio has not gone and now, as word comes that the Cruz Super PAC is pulling down all its ads in Florida, there is a rumor afoot.

The rumor is that Cruz will stay out of Rubio’s way in Florida and might even suggest people support Rubio in Florida. Everywhere else, Rubio will stay out of Cruz’s way.

On Wednesday, Rubio will join Ted Cruz as a unity ticket.

That’s the rumor — the unconfirmed rumor, but the rumor that has people buzzing nonetheless. Did I mention it is a rumor?

If it works, God bless them. The Rubio people can have some closure in Florida, the party can unite, and we can stop Trump and beat Hillary. I’m down with that.

The interaction of the candidates in the debate tonight should be telling.

Update: And there is this new data point — news that broke just after the debate:

Combine that with Cruz’s camp admitting their claims about Florida were a head fake and the Super PAC thereafter yanking all ads from Florida and it looks like something is going on.

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