After the Washington Post story that Florida Senator Marco Rubio had some facts wrong in his retelling of his family’s history, he has updated his Senate web page biography.
[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-half years before Castro’s forces overthrew the Cuban government and took power on New Year’s Day 1959.
Rubio aggressively challenged the Post story, but changed his bio, nevertheless.
…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.