In the age of reality television, politicians have a new field of influential voices from which to attract endorsements. One such star, Rick Harrison of History’s Pawn Stars, is an already outspoken personality who recently finished a campaign ad for 2016 White House hopeful Marco Rubio.
Sean Hannity aired the commercial to begin a recent segment of his eponymous Fox News Channel program.
“When people see for themselves,” Harrison said of his own position as a pawnbroker, “I don’t have to convince them it’s a good investment. I don’t have to show them the value for their family, their business or their future – they get it.”
The same was true when he first met Rubio, Harrison continued.
“When this guy walked into my shop,” he recalled, “I knew he was the real deal.”
Harrison joined Hannity to elaborate further on his decision to back the Florida senator.
“I met with him a few times,” he explained, “and he gets it. He understands … the number one thing in this world that has brought people out of poverty is the ease of doing business – and it’s getting harder and harder and harder.”
Hannity chimed in that, considering Hillary Clinton’s many campaign missteps and scandals, the White House seems to be “there for the taking” for any Republican able to resonate with voters.
He said he is looking for a candidate with an “inspiring vision to solve our problems that can articulate that vision and win.”
Harrison agreed, suggesting that Rubio fits that bill.
“He’s an incredible speaker,” he said. “He doesn’t need a teleprompter for everything.”
There are several other reasons – education reform, for example – Harrison thinks Rubio would be the best choice for America’s future. As a businessman, however, the economic invigoration he believes Rubio would bring to the White House is a central factor.
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