Sen. Marco Rubio and the story of his family's arrival in the United States
Thursday, in a story about the birthers saying Sen. Marco Rubio is not eligible to be president because he is not a "natural born citizen,'' the St. Petersburg Times and tampabay.com reported that Rubio's parents came to the United States in 1956 — three years before Fidel Castro took over. Since then, the story has exploded.
The Washington Post followed with a story Friday saying the Florida Republican's account embellishes the facts about his family's coming to the United States.
Rubio responded with an opinion piece published by POLITICO. In it, he wrote that the Post's story is an "outrageous allegation that is not only incorrect, but an insult to the sacrifices my parents made to provide a better life for their children.'' He went on to add, "The real essence of my family’s story is not about the date my parents first entered the United States. Or whether they traveled back and forth between the two nations. Or even the date they left Fidel Castro’s Cuba forever and permanently settled here. The essence of my family story is why they came to America in the first place; and why they had to stay.''