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Rubio's mother suffers stroke



rubiomom.jpgSen. Marco Rubio's mother suffered her second stroke in as many weeks, causing the lawmaker to cancel events today in Orlando and Lakeland.

Oria Rubio, who proudly watched her son during campaign events late last year, had a stroke two weeks ago but was doing better. "Over the last 48 hours, she has experienced additional setbacks that require Senator Rubio to remain in Miami with her," spokesman Alex Burgos said.

Rubio, 40, lost his father to emphysema and lung cancer in September 2010. The sacrifices of his Cuban immigrant parents -- and the promise of America -- has often been a theme of Rubio's political speeches, sometimes bringing audiences to tears.

Rubio planned to attend a medical-related roundtable today in Orlando followed by a tea party gathering in Lakeland. Tomorrow, he had planned on being in Clearwater for a human trafficking awareness event.

[Last modified: Tuesday, August 30, 2011 11:29am]


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