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Former Sen. Mel Martinez joins Rubio defense



Former Sen. Mel Martinez: “The recent Washington Post story regarding Senator Rubio’s parents and their immigration from Cuba shows a gross lack of understanding about the Cuban exile experience. The fact is that they would not have left Cuba permanently if not for extreme fear of persecution and in search of freedom, like so many of us did.  I lived this experience myself in Cuba – through the revolution and the communist takeover. To diminish the courage of Senator Rubio’s parents and to assert their reason for fleeing Cuba was unrelated to the oppression of a tyrannical and cruel communist dictatorship is wrong.”

Jeb Bush earlier tweeted: "The Washington Post misses the point completely."

[Last modified: Friday, October 21, 2011 4:32pm]


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