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Breaking News from CNBC’s Kate Kelly: Citadel’s Ken Griffin Backing Marco Rubio for President

WHEN: TODAY, WEDNESDAY, December 9, 2015

WHERE: CNBC'S "CLOSING BELL"

Following is the unofficial transcript of breaking news from CNBC's Kate Kelly. All references must be sourced to CNBC.

KATE KELLY: HEY THERE KELLY, I JUST HUNG UP THE PHONE WITH GRIFFIN WHO OF COURSE IS THE FOUNDER AND CEO OF CITADEL THE CHICAGO ASSET MANAGEMENT FIRM HE SAYS HE IS BACKING MARCO RUBIO FOR PRESIDENT AFTER REALLY MONTHS OF THINKING ABOUT THIS DECISION, HE TOLD ME, QUOTE, I AM REALLY EXCITED TO BE SUPPORTING MARCO RUBIO. HE WILL BE THE NEXT PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES. NOW, A COUPLE OF THINGS FOR CONTEXT HERE. GRIFFIN IN RECENT YEARS ALTHOUGH HE'S GIVEN TO DEMOCRATS OVER THE YEARS AS WELL HAS BECOME AN IMPORTANT REPUBLICAN BUNDLER -- HE'S CONSIDERED TO BE THE WEALTHIEST PERSON IN ILLINOIS WITH A FORBES ESTIMATED NET WORTH OF $7 BILLION. HE DIDN'T GIVE SPECIFICS ON WHAT HIS CONTRIBUTIONS WOULD BE TO A RUBIO CAMPAIGN, BUT HE SAID THAT HE WOULD CERTAINLY PLAY A ROLE IN RAISING MONEY AMONG HIS OWN NETWORK OF ASSOCIATES FOR RUBIO AND THAT HE WOULD BE DONATING MONEY TO RUBIO'S SUPER PAC IMMINENTLY AND THAT OVER TIME HIS CONTRIBUTIONS WOULD PROBABLY AMOUNT TO SEVERAL MILLION DOLLARS. IN TERMS OF WHAT ATTRACTED HIM TO THE CANDIDATE, HE CITED REALLY TWO KEY THINGS, FOREIGN POLICY AND DOMESTIC POLICY. ON THE FOREIGN FRONT, HE'S A SUPPORTER OF RUBIO'S WHAT IS A RELATIVELY HAWKISH STANCE AMONG THE REPUBLICAN PANEL AND AT HOME HE LIKES RUBIO'S EMBRACE OF SMALLER GOVERNMENT. HE CITED HEALTH CARE, SOME ISSUES WITH OBAMACARE AS WELL AS AN ENCOURAGEMENT OF FREE ENTERPRISE AS ENCOURAGEMENTS.

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