Following an article in the Washington Post stating that the senator had embellished the story of his family’s arrival from Cuba to the United States, Sen. Marco Rubio’s Senate Web site biography has now been changed.
A Post article published on Friday revealed that Rubio’s parents had actually come to the U.S. in 1956, about two-and-half years before Fidel Castro’s rise to power in Cuba on New Year’s Day in 1959.
The Post piece talked about how Rubio repeatedly invoked his family’s exile as he rapidly rose to political power in Florida and then nationally. It also pointed to a then-current version of Rubio’s Web site biography stating that his parents had come to the U.S. from Cuba “following Fidel Castro’s takeover.”
But as of Friday night, the day the Post story was published and about 24 hours after he conceded it was inaccurate, the senator updated the second sentence of his Web site biography to clarify that his parents arrived in the U.S. in 1956.
“Marco was born in Miami in 1971 to Cuban exiles who first arrived in the United States in 1956,” says the new Web site bio.
Rubio has pushed back hard against the contention that his parents are not Cuban exiles, even if they came to the U.S. before Castro’s revolution.
“If The Washington Post wants to criticize me for getting a few dates wrong, I accept that,” Rubio said in a Politico op-ed.
“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.”
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