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Marco Rubio, 'the Republican savior,' on cover of Time



rubiotime.jpgFlorida Sen. Marco Rubio is on the cover of the latest Time, cast as "The Republican Savior." To which he tweeted this morning: "There is only one savior, and it is not me. #Jesus."

Tweeted @ByronYork of the Washington Examiner, "Was there a question? @marcorubio There is only one savior, and it is not me. #Jesus"

@Time weighed in, "@marcorubio Point taken, but we just said you're the 'Republican savior.'"

Anyway, the story begins compellingly with a phone call Rubio gets from his mother, Oriales, a Cuban immigrant. 

That’s why on the morning of Dec. 21, she called her youngest son, Marco Antonio Rubio, the 41-year-old Senator from Florida and great Hispanic hope of the Republican Party—or, as she calls him, Tony. She got his voice mail. “Tony, some loving advice from the person who cares for you most in the world,” she said in Spanish. “Don’t mess with the immigrants, my son. Please, don’t mess with them.” She reminded him that undocumented Americans—los pobrecitos, she called them, the poor things—work hard and get treated horribly. “They’re human beings just like us, and they came for the same reasons we came. To work. To improve their lives. So please, don’t mess with them.”

[Last modified: Thursday, February 7, 2013 1:37pm]


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