According to the New York Times, Republican Tea Party (GOTP) darling, Senator Marco Rubio, says he’s never embellished his family history or misrepresented the year his parents first left Cuba for the United States.
That’s all well and good, but the Senator’s “official Senate biography” states, “In 1971, Marco was born in Miami to Cuban-born parents who came to America following Fidel Castro’s takeover.” (http://www.rubio.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/biography)
Now, that’s a pretty definitive statement; “…who came to America following Fidel Castro’s takeover”. I don’t think that can be taken any other way, but the way it’s written, which clearly says his parents came here (to America) after the takeover, and of course that’s all well and good except it isn’t true.
Senator Rubio’s parents came to the United States on 27 May 1956. For all of the non-historians, that’s almost three years before Castro took power on 16 Feb 1959.
Responding to charges he deliberately mischaracterized his family story, Senator Rubio issued a statement saying 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.”
Yes, of course, the “essential facts … are completely accurate”; except they’re not. His official United States Senate biography unmistakably states his parents came to America after Castro’s takeover. Clearly the Senator doesn’t understand English; is it possible he wasn’t born here? Maybe he was actually born in Cuba and is a Manchurian candidate? Guess he can kiss any VP slot good-bye.