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As Marco Rubio embraces national spotlight, he draws tougher scrutiny

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September

WASHINGTON — As he thrusts himself into the national spotlight, inviting speculation about vice presidential ambitions, U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio is also drawing tougher scrutiny over his words and actions.

He has been assailed on national TV for saying government programs have "weakened us as a people," subjected to negative political ads and labeled a traitor by pro-immigration groups.

"I ran for the U.S. Senate, not the West Miami City Council," Rubio said Wednesday. "I get it. It's just a normal part of the process."

But there are also attacks in darker corners of the Internet, questioning whether he is a natural-born citizen (his parents were Cuban exiles) as well as the type of dirt-digging a presidential candidate might expect. A Miami TV station recently carried a report about a major drug bust that netted his brother-in-law — in 1987.

(story here)

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 14, 2011 9:15pm]

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