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Coming to a TV near you: Marco Rubio



Marco Rubio: lawyer, professor and, now, TV analyst.

The outgoing House Speaker from Miami has begun work as a political pundit for Univision television and radio and will provide the Republican counterpoint to Democrat Alex Penelas, former Miami-Dade mayor. On Wednesday, the two discussed Sen. Barack Obama's potential VP pick. They will be working during the Democratic and Republican conventions.

"I"m excited about the opportunity to be in the front row giving analysis on what will be a historic election in many ways," Rubio told the Buzz. It has been known for a while that he would do political commentary but the details had not yet been released.

Univision, based in Miami, has a national program as well as affiliates in Orlando and Tampa. Rubio and Penelas will provide 3-minute segments during the regular news cast. They will also provide commentary for individual story packages.

It is a paid position, but Rubio deferred to Univision to reveal any details. A phone call has not yet been returned. Rubio recently landed a $69,000 teaching job at Florida International University, but says critics do not understand that most of his salary will come from private grants.

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 10:09am]


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