[UPDATE] Marco Rubio Under Fire for Allegedly Embellishing Family History

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

Manchester, N.H. - October 22, 2011

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is coming to the defense of Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, who's fighting allegations that he embellished his family's history by saying his parents fled Cuba before Fidel Castro's communist revolution.

Romney says Rubio -- a rising GOP star who's often discussed as a
potential vice presidential pick -- and his family deserve the
highest praise and recognition. Romney calls the recent news
reports an attempt to smear Rubio, and Romney describes the stories as "unfortunate" and "bogus.

Romney made the comments to reporters Saturday in his New
Hampshire campaign headquarters.
MIAMI, FL 10/21/2011 --

Freshman U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio is dismissing allegations he embellished his family's history by claiming his parents were exiles.

The Florida political leader has always publicly identified as part of the Cuban exile community. His Senate website says his parents came to America following Fidel Castro's 1959 takeover.

But media reports Thursday revealed they'd emigrated to the U.S. in 1956. Rubio's father was a bartender and came for economic reasons. Castro wasn't even in Cuba when they left.

Rubio is a rising star in the Republican Party. He's viewed as key to boosting the party's Hispanic outreach, despite holding a hard line on immigration.

Rubio says his parents are exiles because they tried to move back to Cuba in 1961 but decided they didn't want to live under communism.

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  • by Anonymous on Oct 23, 2011 at 06:16 AM
    Desperat democrats are desperate.
  • by Georgia Boy Location: Cairo on Oct 23, 2011 at 04:25 AM
    You mean like Obama lying about his Mother's insurance woes? Funny how much more of a problem Rubio seems to be than Obama's statements, blatant lies, in fact, used to try to push Obamacare through. Where are those who howl indignantly against Rubio howling against Obama?
  • by CAES Location: NYC on Oct 22, 2011 at 06:25 AM
  • by Alan Location: Tallahassee on Oct 21, 2011 at 03:33 PM
    What else would you expect from a right-wing, repug nut-job like Rubio? It's right out of the smoke and mirrors playbook popularized by the Bush/Rove goons.
  • by Anonymous on Oct 21, 2011 at 08:22 AM
    What do you want from a guy who can't fulfill his campaign promises and lies about Crist? How about the promissory note he signed on his foreclosed property? The truth is a matter of convienence for Rubio.
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