Marco Rubio Calls Washington Post's Allegations "Outrageous" and an "Insult"

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The fallout from this morning's take down of Marco Rubio's supposed family story in the Washington Post has been fierce and fast. First, The Miami Herald came to Rubio's defense and challenged some of the Post's assertions. Now Rubio has penned his own editorial for Politico and calls the story and "insult to the sacrifices my parents made to provide a better life for their children."

This is what we know for sure: Rubio's official senate bio did proclaim that his parents arrived in Florida after Fidel Castro came to power on New Year's Day in 1959. In fact, his parents did come to America two and half years earlier. What's up for debate is whether or not that fact is really central to Rubio's political identity, and whether that claim actually came from Rubio's lips.

The Herald's political writer Marc A. Caputo fired a shot at WaPo's story early this morning by claiming it was embellished.
So to suggest Rubio serially embellished the "dramatic" story of his parents fleeing Cuba could be a little too dramatic itself. And it might be an embellishment as well -- absent more information clearly showing Rubio has repeatedly said his parents fled Castro's Cuba.

Rubio's office has told both the Washinton Post, the St. Petersburg Times and The Miami Herald that his parents came to the United States prior to Castro taking power. And he has said it more than once. In the article we wrote last month about his pending autobiography, Rubio clearly told us his parents came here before Castro took power. He struggled to recall the year (this isn't in the story, it's in my notes) and said it was in "57 or 58 or 59."

When asked pointedly: Was it before the revolution? Rubio said it was before the revolution.
Rubio himself took to his own defense in Politico and claims that his understanding of his family's history was based on stories he's been told. Remember, it was about 15 years after his parents left Cuba until he was born.

"If The Washington Post wants to criticize me for getting a few dates wrong, I accept that," the Senator wrote. "But to call into question the central and defining event of my parents' young lives - the fact that a brutal communist dictator took control of their homeland and they were never able to return - is something I will not tolerate."

Rubio then recounts his family's story as best he can, claiming that his parents thought about moving back to Cuba but ultimately decided to stay in America for good once Castro came to power and established himself as a dictator.

In other words, it's not quite such an outrageous and boldface lie as when Miami Commissioner Marc Sarnoff claimed he was the grandson of NBC founder David Sarnoff.

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16 comments
Fernie B
Fernie B

The sad thing the truth was more advantageous than the whole exile lie. Anybody can relate to the immigrant story..not everybody can relate to the castro story. Epic fail for lying and also for not picking the right political strategy. Too bad we are stuck with him for another 5 years. thank you cubiches

Jeebus
Jeebus

The problem with Rubio is that he gives a good speech. We fell for it with Obama and I fully expect another, different majority will fall for it with Rubio when his time comes. When will the "American Spring" begin? Until then, corporations have a lock on this American life.

The Compliance Dr.
The Compliance Dr.

You get an A - for trying to work this article to bring back some portion of credibility with this Cuban Lad, but regretfully you failed at redeeming him to the public eye.

ZuluRomeo
ZuluRomeo

The only thing "Outrageous" and "Insulting" about this story is Mr. Rubio's assumption that we are so dumb that we will believe that he hasn't known the exact date his parents arrived in this country all along. The date of his families arrival here doesn't make him more or less qualified to be a Senator.  Lying about it over and over and over again to increase his gravitas in this community does. I don't care when they got here. I care that our Senator doesn't tell the truth about something as silly as this. Can we trust him with the important stuff?

Drake Mallard
Drake Mallard

Will the Birthers Scrutinize Marco Rubio's U.S. Citizenship?

The same Marco Rubio? That Talks Big but Fails to Deliver?

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So, Marco Rubio is going around calling America "weakened." He blames it on Social Security, Medicaid and Medicare.

Marco Rubio=no jobs

Lukeisstupid
Lukeisstupid

This was a sad attempt to call a tea party member a liar and you libs jumped on it like a bitch in heat.

RubioHeartsFidel
RubioHeartsFidel

Yeah, it was definitely part made up to gain support among Miami Cubans.  Lame to try to say otherwise once busted on it.

Rubio is lame!

Lukeisstupid
Lukeisstupid

Sorry Dr., but the credibility is there already. My family fled a place called Germany sometime in the 40's.

Lukeisstupid
Lukeisstupid

Read the herald article! He states in the interview that he wasnt sure the exact year and he gave a roundabout answer. Do you know when your family got to america?

Lukeisstupid
Lukeisstupid

Drake,Please go take a power nap in your tent downtown or do a rain dance.

The Compliance Dr.
The Compliance Dr.

I bet you if your family fled a place like cuba and the hostile place that it was, you would by God remember the day, the hour, the second you landed on free, Cuban Castro-Free land that is for SURE. 

ZuluRomeo
ZuluRomeo

Yeah I do. 1682 (father's side) and 1737 (mother's side).....That and $5 will get me a cup of coffee. Lukeisstupid, you really don't think he knew exactly when his folks got here?

Platano1966
Platano1966

You mean the same senator who could be vice president? Talk about taking the piss

Lukeisstupid
Lukeisstupid

Yea, I really dont. Because I could not tell you the date my parents moved to Miami or when my ancestors got to America. Men forget when their anniversary is all time with their significant other, but yet we go after a guy who missed a date by a couple years. C'mon people. Demonize a politician who won the nobel peace prize and has single handedly brought the US military into more countries then any other president in history. At the same time he has made a bad economy, horrific. Dont go after a 2nd year senator who has barely taken a piss in washington.

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