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)

Hey Marco Rubio: Time to Suck It Up

Marco Rubio has campaigned this past year as being a great statesman. He’s campaigned as being a man of principle. And I believe he is.

He ran an absolutely, gobsmackingly terrible campaign for President, but his campaign should not be a reflection of the man and politician Rubio is.

Unfortunately, it is looking that way and I, for one, am disappointed.

Marco Rubio concluded his campaign with one hell of a campaign speech. He talked about lifting up America, about not turning to anger, and implied, as he had done more specifically and directly on the campaign trail earlier, that he was committed to stopping Donald Trump.

Was that all just words?

I get the guy is licking his wounds and hurt over his race and probably even feeling betrayed by his campaign and lied to.

But the guy who most closely connects to millennials on the campaign trail needs to stop acting like one and man up.

If Marco Rubio is really and truly committed to stopping Trump and is really and truly committed to lifting the United States away from both the Obama agenda and the path of anger, then he needs to come on out for Ted Cruz and campaign with the guy.

It is the only way to stop Donald Trump. I absolutely believe Rubio would help Cruz, could unite the party, and be the guy so many of us know he can be.

Loss sucks. But it’s time for Rubio to suck it up and get to the business at hand: stopping Donald Trump.

If the Trump disaster plays out as so many of us, including Rubio, know it will, one day voters and history will ask where Marco Rubio was. “Licking his wounds and letting his ego heal,” is not the answer we should have to give for a guy like Marco Rubio. Marco, we need you on the trail with Ted Cruz now.

Or was trying to beat Cruz in the primary more important than all the rhetoric about stopping Trump?

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