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Marco was born in Miami in 1971 to Cuban exiles who first arrived in the United States in 1956.The Washington Post on Oct. 20 accused Rubio of embellishing his family history to enhance his political appeal. His official biography said his parents, Mario and Oriales Rubio, “came to America following Fidel Castro’s takeover."
Rubio responded on Oct. 21, saying:
If The Washington Post wants to criticize me for getting a few dates wrong, I accept that. 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.Alberto de la Cruz of the Babalu blog defended Rubio
and posted an email from Cuban author and exile Carlos Eire. It read:
This Wash Post “article” is a sad testimony to ignorance and ill-will. It shows that the author and the editors of this major newspaper know absolutely NOTHING about Cuban history and the nature of Cuban exile...
Marco has not embellished details. He has not mis-remembered anything. His parents did not twist the truth. He has given the full story to the press already, and, as usual, very few pundits seem to believe him. This is because there is a deeply seated prejudice against Cuban exiles, and especially against Marco, who is a rising star among conservatives.
...what Marco has been saying all along is the truth. He has also said very, very often that his father also came to the US because he wanted a better life for his children. The fact that he came in 1956, when Cuba had a dictator named Batista makes no difference. Many Cubans who were here in 56 went back–like his mom- and tested the waters and discovered that things had gotten much much worse.
Yes, sometimes parents don’t give children all the details. In this case, Marco has admitted that his parents gave them all the details. The problem is that the non-Cubans interpreting the details refuse to understand them.