Uh oh… more discrepancies in Rubio’s exile story

Marco Rubio has a consistency problem when it comes to the story of his parents coming to America.

This, as they say, is not good.

Via the Miami Herald:

WASHINGTON — On May 18, 1956, Mario and Oriales Rubio walked into the American consulate in Havana and applied for immigrant visas. The form asked how long they intended to stay in the United States.

“Permanently,” Mr. Rubio answered.

Nine days later, the couple boarded a National Airlines flight to Miami, where a relative awaited.

So began a journey that seems as ordinary as any immigrant story, but decades later served as the foundation of an extraordinary and moving narrative told repeatedly by their third child as he became one of the most powerful politicians in Florida and then a national figure.

U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio has come under fire for incorrectly linking his parents to the Cubans who fled Fidel Castro beginning in 1959. He insists they are exiles nonetheless, and angrily denounced the suggestion he misled for political gain.

“My upbringing taught me that America was special and different from the rest of the world, and also a real sense that you can lose your country,” Rubio said in an interview.

But the visa documents cast clearer divisions between his parents, who came for economic reasons, and the Cubans who scrambled to leave their homeland but thought they could soon return. And they come to light amid new discrepancies since Rubio’s timeline came under scrutiny last week.

In a 2009 interview with NPR, then-Senate candidate Rubio explained his mother returned to Cuba in 1961 to care for her father, injured in an accident. He said the family wanted to go home to Miami but were blocked by Castro’s government for nine months, and that influenced their thinking about leaving for good.

In a widely read piece in POLITICO on Friday, Rubio did not mention the accident and said his family was making preparations to move to Cuba but “after just a few weeks, it became clear that the change happening in Cuba was not for the better. It was communism.” …

Read more here.

The Rubio brothers (Marco and his older brother Mario) are chalking it up to hazy memories, and parents who didn’t share much personal information with their children. But Marco has used the story enough, and gotten enough past political advantage out of it, that this could be really damaging to his future prospects.

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5 Responses to Uh oh… more discrepancies in Rubio’s exile story

  1. Precious says:

    Both of Marco Rubio’s parents were alive when he was running around telling fibs about how they were political exiles. They could have corrected him on the story right then and there … and maybe did not because they too saw the political gains their son would make from such fibs … or, they corrected him but he chose to continuing fibing to profit from his fibs. Either way… there seems to be a lack of moral truth telling .. and his political ascent, and political positions also seem to lack some sort of moral edge to them.

    That, “..But Marco has used the story enough, and gotten enough past political advantage out of it, that this could be really damaging to his future prospects.” should serve him well. I hope it stops his career on its track.

  2. Chris Andersen says:

    Given the propensity of people to rewrite their personal recollections, I wouldn’t be the least bit surprised if Rubio’s parents actually believed they fled Cuba because of Castro.

  3. Precious says:

    Yes. They fled. They fled the BATISTA regime!

  4. Flo says:

    Nice to be able to agree with Precious, for a change.
    Marco has denied interest in being a candidate for Vice President in 2012; I think he has ensured that nobody will be asking.

  5. Precious says:

    Yes. Thank God that my own Cuban heritage does not blind me to the manipulations and lies of the very Cubans who have made it on to the American political ladder. Doe the most part they are not even worth the pompousity they hold themselves in. That includes Marco Rubio. O:-)

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