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    >>> store. it's rollback time!

    >>> charlie crist is telling voters that his veto has nothing to do with politics. but there is already a lot of fallout from that decision . fallout on his senate campaign . alex burns joins us from washington . what was the rationale for crist doing this and what does it tell us about whether or not he's going to leave the republican party ?

    >> he said when he was deliberating on what to do with this bill, which has been a high priority, chris said that he has gone to the people of florida , listened to folks in school involved in education , the mail he gets, and that the great majority have said they wanted him to veto this bill and start over. as you mention though, it is impossible to separate this from the politics. crist is down by as many as 30 points in the republican primary and this looks like a last straw. he's lost a couple of endorsers and he hasn't said he'll run as an independent just yet, but it looks harder than ever for him to win like this.

    >> the chairman of his campaign is the former senator, who is a major figure in the republican politics. not to say related to the great baseball manager, but that's another story . as you know, according to connie mack , i strongly disagree with your veto. i believe it undermines our education system and principle -- that's pretty tough stuff.

    >> it is. jeb bush said he was disappoint disappointed in crist . bill mccollum blasted the veto, said crist was selling out to his democratic opponent and teacher's union . it's hard to find someone on his side of the al today who's really pleased with what he did.

    >> alex , do you think there's any chance he would drop out completely or you think he's looking at the independent option ?

    >> first read reported this morning that crist is looking as running as an independent, but a lot of the things that make him unacceptable now will make him unacceptable two years from now.

    >> thank you.

updated 4/16/2010 2:48:25 PM ET 2010-04-16T18:48:25

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney will endorse Marco Rubio over Gov. Charlie Crist in Florida's Republican Senate primary.

Romney plans to announce the endorsement Saturday, according to a Romney adviser who asked to remain anonymous because the official announcement has not been made.

Romney is the third major 2008 presidential candidate to endorse Rubio. Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee have also endorsed the former House speaker.

The adviser said Crist and Rubio both sought the endorsement, but Romney believes Rubio has a stronger conservative record and is an idea-driven leader.

Romney's PAC is contributing $5,000 to Rubio's campaign and the former governor plans to campaign with Rubio on Monday.

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