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10-21-2011, 12:10 PM
Marco Rubio’s Phony Biography

I put this here since he's always talked about as running or being a VP choice for the candidates.


When I initially read the story about this, I didn’t think it was that big a deal. Family lore sometimes gets mixed up, and I don’t think I’ve personally always had a perfectly accurate sense of when my relatives moved to the United States. What’s odd and damning, however, is that when the error was pointed out, Rubio didn’t apologize and correct it. Instead “Senator Rubio issued a statement on Thursday saying that the ‘essential facts of my family’s story are completely accurate.’ And he said it was ‘outrageous’ to suggest that he had exaggerated his family history for ‘political gain.’”
But, look, the facts aren’t accurate. The official bio said his parents came to America following Fidel Castro’s takeover. In fact, they came before Castro’s takeover. It’s not the biggest deal in the world, but the right response is to apologize for the error and correct it. Instead, he’s outraged that reporters have pointed the error up and the inaccurate bio was still up on his site as of about 10 minutes ago. Now the page is broken and maybe they’re fixing it.

As of 10:18 AM the site is back up and running and still says Rubio was “was born in Miami to Cuban-born parents who came to America following Fidel Castro’s takeover” even though they came to America several years earlier.

10-21-2011, 02:41 PM

Miami Herald: WaPost "Hit" on Rubio Manipulates Facts
by Erick Erickson 10/21/2011
Manuel Roig-Franzia is a reporter for the Washington Post who once got punched by his 70 year old editor, Henry Allen, for writing “the second worst story [Allen had] seen in Style in 43 years.” That’s right, Roig-Franzia wrote a horrible piece in the Style section. His 70 year old editor did not like it. Roig-Franzia reportedly called his 70 year old editor and Marine a “c**ksucker”, and the Marine punched him.

Manuel Roig-Franzia has a well documented history of being an apologist for the Cuban communist regime and a hater of the Catholic church. He is also now writing a book on Marco Rubio.

We can get a sense of the book by his stunning hit job on Marco Rubio in the Washington Post.. Roig-Franzia claims Rubio has embellished his “compelling version of his family’s history that had special resonance in South Florida.” Again, keep in mind that Roig-Franzia is an apologist for the Cuban communist regime.

Roig-Franzia writes, “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 21 / 2 years before Castro’s forces overthrew the Cuban government and took power on New Year’s Day 1959.”

Now, there are two problems for Roig-Franzia. First, the communist apologist failed to actually quote Marco Rubio embellishing his story. The Miami Herald really destroys the piece.

The Washington Post just released this interesting story headlined “Marco Rubio’s compelling family story embellishes facts, documents show.” The paper flagged a clear inaccuracy in his official Senate biography that states the Senator’s parents “came to America following Fidel Castro’s takeover.”

That’s false. Rubio’s parents came to the US before then, in 1956. They remained in the US after Castro took over in 1959. They returned to Cuba for brief stints early on, before the country devolved into Soviet-style totalitarianism.

But the top of the story suggests Rubio himself has given this “dramatatic account:” that “he was the son of exiles, he told audiences, Cuban Americans forced off their beloved island after ‘a thug,’ Fidel Castro, took power.”

However, the story doesn’t cite one speech where Rubio actually said that.

To back up the lead, the Washington Post excerpts from a 2006 address in the Florida House where Rubio said “in January of 1959 a thug named Fidel Castro took power in Cuba and countless Cubans were forced to flee… Today your children and grandchildren are the secretary of commerce of the United States and multiple members of Congress…and soon, even speaker of the Florida House.”

The catch: If you listen to the speech, Rubio isn’t just talking about those who specifically fled Cuba after Castro took power. He doesn’t say that his parents fled Cuba. Instead, he was talking about “a community of exiles.” That is: He was talking about all the Cubans who live in Mia

What’s more, Manuel Roig-Franzia does not say how he came to know these facts about Marco Rubio. But Gabriel Malor knows.

Rubio has been hounded since he rose to prominence by birthers intent on sabotaging any further rise he might have in politics. Malor notes, “Birthers intent on somehow proving that he’s not a “natural-born citizen” dug up his parents’ adjustment and naturalization paperwork. That’s where WaPo got the dates for his parents’ arrival to the United States.”

That’s right boys and girls. Manuel Roig-Franzia, who was once punched by a 70 year old for atrocious writing in a freaking style section, uses a Birther originated attack to discredit Marco Rubio and can’t even offer up a quote from Rubio.


10-21-2011, 03:34 PM
LOL..Caught that on the am radio news today. :D

10-21-2011, 07:46 PM
LOL. So much for the VP slot...

10-29-2011, 10:10 AM
Hardball follows up on the story: Rubio and immigrant not an exile. Campaign exaggerated claims. (http://crooksandliars.com/karoli/marco-rubio-immigrant-not-exile)

10-29-2011, 10:38 AM
Look up his association with the Aspen Institute. And then look at who funds the Aspen Institute heh.