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Marco Rubio Picks Up Endorsement of Key Figure in Religious Liberty Battle

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Marco Rubio received the endorsement Sunday of Hobby Lobby founder David Green. (Reuters photo)

On Sunday, the presidential campaign of U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) picked up a big boost with the endorsement of Hobby Lobby founder David Green.

Hobby Lobby, headquartered in Oklahoma City, started in 1972 and now operates over 600 arts and craft stores. The company is privately held by the Green family. Hobby Lobby is noted for its high wages and its Christian values.

The entire chain is closed on Sundays and the company's mission statement reads: "We believe that it is by God's grace and provision that Hobby Lobby has endured. God has been faithful in the past, and we trust Him for our future."

In a statement released by the Rubio campaign, Green outlined the differences between Rubio and GOP front-runner Donald Trump. It is those differences, he said, that led to his decision to endorse the Florida senator.

"Our family business that we began with $600 has quite possibly been more successful than Mr. Trump's, but that doesn't make either of us qualified to be president," he said. "And unlike Mr. Trump, we give all the credit to God.

"Marco Rubio has impressed us with his preparation and the way he carries himself. But most importantly, Marco regularly exhibits humility and gives the glory to God. Humility is what brings success. I don't see humility in Mr. Trump, and that scares me to death.

"I want a president that my kids, my grandkids and my great-grandkids can emulate. In Marco Rubio, I see a man who has achieved great things from humble beginnings but gives the glory to God, where it belongs.

"I see a man who is prepared to be president, and someone I would be proud for my children to emulate. I will be voting for Marco Rubio on Tuesday and I encourage my fellow Oklahomans to do the same."

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