More GOP CHOICE: (this time RUBIO) Being gay, kind of childhood you had, history

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    Oct 21, 2011 8:34 PM GMT
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    By Manuel Roig-Franzia, Published: October 20
    During his rise to political prominence, Sen. Marco Rubio frequently repeated a compelling version of his family’s history that had special resonance in South Florida. He was the “son of exiles,” he told audiences, Cuban Americans forced off their beloved island after “a thug,” Fidel Castro, took power.

    But 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 two-and-a-halfyears before Castro’s forces overthrew the Cuban government and took power on New Year’s Day 1959.

     The Florida senator had a stunning tea-party propelled victory in 2010 and is considered a prospective 2012 Republican vice presidential candidate and a possible future presidential contender.


    The supposed flight of Rubio’s parents has been at the core of the young senator’s political identity, both before and after his stunning tea-party-propelled victory in last year’s Senate election. Rubio — now considered a prospective 2012 Republican vice presidential candidate and a possible future presidential contender — mentions his parents in the second sentence of the official biography on his Senate Web site. It says that Mario and Oriales Rubio “came to America following Fidel Castro’s takeover.” And the 40-year-old senator with the boyish smile and prom-king good looks has drawn on the power of that claim to entrance audiences captivated by the rhetorical skills of one of the more dynamic stump speakers in modern American politics.

    The real story of his parents’ migration appears to be a more conventional immigrant narrative, a couple who came to the United States seeking a better life. In the year they arrived in Florida, the future Marxist dictator was in Mexico plotting a quixotic return to Cuba.

    Rubio’s office confirmed Thursday that his parents arrived in the United States in 1956 but noted that “while they were prepared to live here permanently, they always held out the hope and the option of returning to Cuba if things improved.” They returned to Cuba several times after Castro came to power to “assess the situation with the hope of eventually moving back,” the office said in a statement.

    In a brief interview Thursday, Rubio said his accounts have been based on family lore. “I’m going off the oral history of my family,” he said. “All of these documents and passports are not things that I carried around with me.”

    He said of his parents: “They were from Cuba. They wanted to live in Cuba again. They tried to live in Cuba again, and the reality of what it was made that impossible.”

    In 2006, on the eve of his rise to speaker of the Florida House, Rubio told an audience that “in January of 1959, a thug named Fidel Castro took power in Cuba and countless Cubans were forced to flee and come here, many — most — here to America. When they arrived, they were welcomed by the most compassionate people on all the Earth.”

    Wearing a red flower in his lapel, his voice sometimes emotional, he praised those who fled, calling them “a great generation.” But he also assured them: “Today your children and grandchildren are the secretary of commerce of the United States and multiple members of Congress, they are the CEO of Fortune 500 companies and successful entrepreneurs, they are Grammy-winning artists and they are renowned journalists, they are a United States senator and soon, even speaker of the Florida House.”
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    "I’m going off the oral history of my family,” he said. “All of these documents and passports are not things that I carried around with me.”





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    Oct 21, 2011 10:13 PM GMT
    So I just read that whole thing and I can't find the part where he says that being gay has to do with the kind of childhood you have. Am I just missing it? Why do you have that title?
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    Oct 22, 2011 12:09 AM GMT
    The right (no pun intended) response would be to issue a simple apology and not make up excuses.
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    Oct 22, 2011 12:40 AM GMT
    Rubio's closet is full of skeletons.. The door will open as he climbs higher.. He's already embroiled in an investigation here in Florida that may even have criminal charges coming.
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    Oct 22, 2011 1:17 AM GMT
    mocktwinkie saidSo I just read that whole thing and I can't find the part where he says that being gay has to do with the kind of childhood you have. Am I just missing it? Why do you have that title?



    1. Being gay is a choice: various statements by Herman Cain
    2. The childhood history is apparently whatever you choose it to be - not what it was. Marco Rubio.


    One GOP candidate's statements and positions + other GOP candidates statements and positions, = set labelled ""Things That Are Choices according to the GOP".

    It helps to remember from one day to the next what candidates are saying and to what party they belong.

    Rule of thumb: If the argument is defending someone's existing privileges at the expense of others it is probably coming from a conservative.
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    Oct 22, 2011 2:14 AM GMT
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    mocktwinkie saidSo I just read that whole thing and I can't find the part where he says that being gay has to do with the kind of childhood you have. Am I just missing it? Why do you have that title?



    1. Being gay is a choice: various statements by Herman Cain
    2. The childhood history is apparently whatever you choose it to be - not what it was. Marco Rubio.


    One GOP candidate's statements and positions + other GOP candidates statements and positions, = set labelled ""Things That Are Choices according to the GOP".

    It helps to remember from one day to the next what candidates are saying and to what party they belong.

    Rule of thumb: If the argument is defending someone's existing privileges at the expense of others it is probably coming from a conservative.
    You can choose to be uber rich if ya want.. too bad our esteemed uber conservatives (repubs) in here didnt 'choose' that.