An American Son

An American Son

A Memoir

Book - 2012
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Few politicians have risen to national prominence as quickly as Marco Rubio. At age forty-one he's the subject of widespread interest and speculation. But he has never before told the full story of his unlikely journey, with all the twists and turns that made him an American son.

That journey began when his parents first left Cuba in 1956. After Fidel Castro solidified his Communist grip on power, Mario and Oria Rubio could never again return to their homeland. But they embraced their new country and taught their children to appreciate its unique opportunities. Every sacrifice they made over the years, as they worked hard at blue-collar jobs in Miami and Las Vegas, was for their children.

As a boy, Rubio spent countless hours with his grandfather, discussing history and current events. "Papa" loved being Cuban, but he also loved America for being a beacon of liberty to oppressed people around the world. As Rubio puts it, "My grandfather didn't know America was exceptional because he read about it in a book. He lived it and saw it with his own eyes."

Devastated after his grandfather's death, Rubio was getting poor grades and struggled to fit in at his high school, where some classmates mocked him as "too American." But then he buckled down for college and law school, driven by his twin passions for football and politics. He played football at a small college in Mis­souri, then came back to Florida to attend Santa Fe Community College and the University of Florida. He went on to earn his law degree from the University of Miami and took a job at a law firm, which paid him a handsome salary that allowed his father to retire.

As a young attorney he ran for the West Miami City Commission, a role that led to the Florida House of Representatives. In just six years he rose to Speaker of the House and became a leading advocate for free enter­prise, better schools, limited government, and a fairer, simpler tax system. He found that he could connect with people across party lines while still upholding conserva­tive values.

His U.S. Senate campaign started as an extreme long shot against Florida's popular incumbent governor, Charlie Crist. Undaunted by the early poll numbers and the time away from his wife and kids, Rubio traveled the state with his message of empowerment and optimism. He upset Crist in both the primary and a dramatic three-way general election, after Crist quit the GOP to run as an independent.

Now Rubio speaks on the national stage about the challenges we face and the better future that's possible if we return to our founding principles. As he puts it, "Conservatism is not about leaving people behind. Con­servatism is about allowing people to catch up."

In that vision, as in his family's story, Rubio proves that the American Dream is still alive for those who pur­sue it.

Publisher: New York : Sentinel, c2012
ISBN: 9781595230942
Branch Call Number: History 328.73 RUB


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Feb 07, 2016

about the author:
“Marco Rubio runs disturbing new ad pushing for a Christian theocracy in the U.S.” January 7, 2016
“Marco Rubio Says ‘God’s Rules’ Trump Supreme Court Law, Advocates For Theocracy (VIDEO)”
November 26, 2015
“Rubio Promises Christian Theocracy If He is Elected President”
by Susanne Posel, posted December 14, 2015
and, from Right Wing Watch
“Tea Party and the Right
5 Nuttiest Right-Wing Moments This Week: 'Respectable' Marco Rubio Spins Insane Conspiracy Theory – And the Donald waves his Bible at the hard-right Christian panderfest.”
by Janet Allon, Posted September 26, 2015, AlterNet
“Marco Rubio Really, Really Wants You to Know He’s Anti-Abortion”
by Hannah Levintova, posted January 21, 2016, to Mother Jones
“Marco Rubio is Anti-Abortion, Not Pro-Life”
by Christopher Lamb, posted August 19, 2015, to Huffpost Politics

Feb 05, 2016

@ StarGladiator:

Bernie is crazy. If either him or Hillary get in America is gone. Marco Rubio over Bernie ANY DAY!

Jan 28, 2016

On Saturdays, Rubio attends asn Evangelical Church, on Sundays he attends a Catholic church - - don't mean to offend the submediocre Rubio, but the Catholic Church [Church of Rome] does not recognize dual religions - - just as the USA didn't recognize dual citizenship when Cruz was born in Canada to a practicing Canadian citizen and voter, of American birth!
Perhaps Bernie Sanders, or Dr. Jill Stein, might be a safer alternative?

AbigailCurious Apr 11, 2015

This is a great book. This book tells the story of a real mensch by the name of Marco Rubio. in a sense he is the most ordinary guy, he doesn't have the smartest brain, he came from poor family who struggled to bring food to the table and and was a troublemaker in school. But as he grew up with his determination and plans that make practical sense he began to build his life.


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