Controvery over Senator Marco Rubio's claim to be a refugee from Castro

10/21/11 Robert Lorei
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The AP is reporting:

"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."

Here to talk about Rubio's story is Patrick Manteiga, editor and publisher of the newspaper La Gaceta.

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you're F#@&ing us all

And some of you idiots (R) voted FOR this poser: "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."

US imperialism...

YEAH!!!... ")(" ...or however you spell it... IS RIGHT!!! Why should Senator Rubio’s family be given a choice between FREEDOM and socialism??? Damn Cubans… just because they live 90 miles off of OUR coast… they think that they should have the same rights afforded by the UNITED STATES Constitution!!! JEEZ… don’t they realize that… US… forcing our way of life on any foreigners… would be considered by the left as... IMPERIALISM???

so?

That's really making a mountain out of a molehill. His claims have an element of truth and are an acceptable exageration. What about Hillary's claim to have taken fire on a runway? Now that was just a blatant lie.