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Rubio To Stump For Hardline Conservative In Indiana

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WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 29: U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) speaks during a press conference with fellow Republicans on objecting to a scheduled U.S. Senate recess next week June 29, 2011 in Washington, DC. U.S. Sen. Jim Demint and other senators are requesting that the U.S. Senate remain in session to work on the debt ceiling issue. Also pictured (L-R) are U.S. Sen. David Vitter (R-LA) and U.S. Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX). (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON, DC – JUNE 29: U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) speaks during a press conference with fellow Republicans on objecting to a scheduled U.S. Senate recess next week June 29, 2011 in Washington, DC. U.S. Sen. Jim Demint and other senators are requesting that the U.S. Senate remain in session to work on the debt ceiling issue. Also pictured (L-R) are U.S. Sen. David Vitter (R-LA) and U.S. Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX). (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

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MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Indiana state treasurer Richard Mourdock rode a tea party furor to an unlikely upset of longtime Indiana Senator Richard Lugar. Now, a Florida senator is lending Mourdock a hand.

Florida Senator Marco Rubio, who has been rumored to be a vice-presidential candidate for months, will headline a fundraiser for Mourdock, according to CNN.

Mourdock won by going far to the right in the Indiana race. If he’s to win and go to the Senate, Mourdock has already vowed to not work with or compromise with Democrats.

“I certainly think bipartisanship ought to consist of Democrats coming to the Republican point of view,” Mourdock told MSNBC earlier this year. “Bipartisanship means they have to come our way, and if we’re successful in getting the numbers, we’ll work towards that.”

The move could be the latest sign from Rubio that he’s not interested in running alongside Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney. At a time when Mitt Romney is trying to move towards the political center, or at least center-right; being associated with Mourdock may not sit well with independent voters.

The fundraiser headlined by Rubio is set for June 4 in Carmel, Indiana.

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