Republican presidential candidate Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., tours the World Famous Gold & Silver Pawn shop with owner Rick Harrison, May 28, 2015, in Las Vegas. 
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Reality TV star Rick Harrison: Rubio endorsement hurt me

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Rick Harrison, star of reality show “Pawn Stars,” says he was willing to throw his career away to endorse GOP presidential candidate Marco Rubio.

In a recent interview with CNN, Harrison said Rubio’s upbringing makes him a candidate people can relate to. Harrison and Rubio met earlier this year at a fundraiser.

“When someone mentions living paycheck to paycheck, he goes, ‘Yeah, I was raised that way,’” Harrison said. “I think if you have a leader, you need someone who has experienced what people are experiencing.”

But Harrison said his public praise for Rubio hasn’t exactly helped him.

“When you endorse a Republican, everyone sort of frowns on you,” Harrison said. “There have been some endorsements that didn’t happen.” The interview does not explain further what those endorsements could have been or who they would have been from.

Earlier this month, Rubio made an appearance at the ribbon cutting of Harrison’s Pawn Plaza in Las Vegas.

At that ceremony, Harrison said he hopes Rubio becomes president. He had previously spoken positively of Rubio in June in an interview on Fox News. He said he particularly likes Rubio’s positions on bringing back trade schools and support for small businesses.

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Reality TV star Rick Harrison: Rubio endorsement hurt me

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