Rubio: Reports of a Romney endorsement are ‘false’

Republican presidential candidate Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla, walks on stage during an election-night rally Saturday in Columbia, S.C.

Florida Sen. Marco Rubio told CNN on Sunday morning that earlier reports that former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney would endorse him are inaccurate.

“Well that report is false. I have no reason to believe he is anywhere near endorsing,” Rubio told CNN’s Jake Tapper.

Multiple media outlets, citing anonymous sources, reported early Sunday morning that the former Massachusetts governor would endorse Rubio. But another anonymous source told a reporter from The New York Times and other outlets that such reports are “totally wrong.”

First reported by Huffington Post, a Romney endorsement would be another establishment boost to Rubio’s bid for president. Rubio is coming off a second place finish in South Carolina, aided by endorsements from South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley and South Carolina Sen. Tim Scott.

Billionaire businessman Donald Trump rode a wave of grass-roots disaffection to easily win the South Carolina GOP primary on Saturday.