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Is Marco Rubio's political identity based on a lie?


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Initial post: May 18, 2012 11:36:05 AM PDT
Folks upset about some trivia involving Elizabeth Warren's family tree will no doubt be hysterical when they learn that Marco Rubio's political story; that he's the son of brave Castro refugees, is a flat out lie...

Guess conservatives will demand he not be made VP now, eh?

During his rise to political prominence, Sen. Marco Rubio frequently repeated a compelling version of his family's history that had special resonance in South Florida. He was the "son of exiles," he told audiences, Cuban Americans forced off their beloved island after "a thug," Fidel Castro, took power.

But a review of documents - including naturalization papers and other official records - reveals that the Florida Republican's account embellishes the facts. The documents show that Rubio's parents came to the United States and were admitted for permanent residence more than two-and-a-half years before Castro's forces overthrew the Cuban government and took power on New Year's Day 1959.

The supposed flight of Rubio's parents has been at the core of the young senator's political identity, both before and after his stunning tea-party-propelled victory in last year's Senate election. Rubio - now considered a prospective 2012 Republican vice presidential candidate and a possible future presidential contender - mentions his parents in the second sentence of the official biography on his Senate Web site. It says that Mario and Oriales Rubio "came to America following Fidel Castro's takeover." And the 40-year-old senator with the boyish smile and prom-king good looks has drawn on the power of that claim to entrance audiences captivated by the rhetorical skills of one of the more dynamic stump speakers in modern American politics.

...In a brief interview Thursday, Rubio said his accounts have been based on family lore. "I'm going off the oral history of my family," he said. "All of these documents and passports are not things that I carried around with me."

http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/marco-rubios-compelling-family-story-embellishes-facts-documents-show/2011/10/20/gIQAaVHD1L_story.html

In reply to an earlier post on May 18, 2012 12:04:53 PM PDT
I don't know what happened here, but it would be terrible to find out that your parents lied to you about something like that.

Posted on May 18, 2012 12:08:55 PM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on May 18, 2012 12:11:06 PM PDT
VRWC says:
Man, when you decide to run with a lame-o theme you really push the limit.... pathetic....
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