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Is Marco Rubio pushing for an English only America?



english-only.jpgDemocratic U.S. Rep. Kendrick Meek is launching a new series of attacks that say his Republican opponent Marco Rubio is "too extreme for Florida."

The attacks are housed on Meek's campaign website and include a number of provocative claims -- that Rubio doesn't believe in global warming, that he wants to privatize Social Security, and that he wants to borrow $700 billion from China to fund "tax cuts for the rich." Those claims sound dubious, but we decided to focus on the attack Meek launched on Oct. 15, 2010. The website included an altered comic-like photo of Rubio standing in front of a border fence. The image has a word bubble coming from Rubio's mouth that says, "Solo Ingles," which means English only.

The claim got our attention because Rubio is a child of Cuban immigrants who speaks both Spanish and English fluently. Rubio also has been airing an ad for his Senate campaign in Spanish. PolitiFact Florida fact checks the Meek claim here.

[Last modified: Friday, October 15, 2010 5:46pm]


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