VanderSloot endorses Marco Rubio, will raise $$ for his campaign
Nov 21 2015
Rubio increasingly is drawing support from top Republican donors. Marco Rubio's (R-Fla.) presidential bid, according to The Washington Post.
In 2012, VanderSloot and his company gave $1.1 million to Restore Our Future, a super political action committee that helped GOP nominee Mitt Romney.
He is just the latest major donor to sign on to Rubio's campaign, after billionaire Paul Singer and hedge fund manager Cliff Asness. "He's a very good man. I think he would be a decent president, but we need a great president". Ted Cruz and Trump as "not electable" in the general election.
VanderSloot is the founder of health products company Melaleuca and has been a substantial Republican donor in the past. VanderSloot told the Associated Press he believes Rubio is "the brightest of the bunch".
VanderSloot said he plans to raise money for Rubio, but has not decided how much he will personally give. "I wasn't successful, but I tried".
Rubio has been building financial momentum as he climbs the polls and continues to deliver strong debate performances. Former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina was his second choice, he said, but "people aren't getting behind her. She doesn't have that friendly demeanor". VanderSloot and his team intimated that they are anxious that Carson does not possess "the global knowledge or skill set" on foreign policy issues, and argued that Bush "simply does not have the leadership skills" to unite.
Rubio's campaign welcomed the billionaire with open arms, with communications director Alex Conant tweeting that they are "thrilled" to bring him aboard.