Former New York Gov. George Pataki, who dropped out of the presidential race just a few weeks ago, endorsed Marco Rubio for president on Tuesday.
Announcing his decision in an interview with Fox News, the former Republican governor suggested the Florida senator could bring Americans together.
“In my mind there’s one person who stands out, and that is Senator Marco Rubio,” Pataki said. “Senator Rubio has the leadership, he has the vision, he has the intelligence from Congress to understand what it takes to defend us from radical Islam. I’m proud to endorse Senator Rubio.”
The endorsement comes after another former presidential candidate, ex-Texas Gov. Rick Perry, endorsed Texas Sen. Ted Cruz in the race.
Pataki dropped out of the race last month, after failing to gain traction in the GOP primary.
His Rubio endorsement comes less than a week before the Iowa caucuses; polls in the state show Rubio in third place, behind Donald Trump and Cruz.