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Marco Rubio to Univision: "You persecuted my family"

There has been some serious bad blood between Marco Rubio and Univision since the nation's top Spanish language network aired a report about the a decades-old drug case involving the senator's brother-in-law. But Rubio finally sat down with the Univision's Jorge Ramos as part of his book tour.

Mediaite has the transcript and video:

RUBIO: "Number one, I believe that, and I'm going to explain it because what happened with Univision in that case was very unfortunate. I believe it will still remain as a black mark in the history of the Univision Network and of Univision News, and I'm going to explain to you why. If you had questions, and I say you meaning Univision, about what impact that had on me, then should have called me directly. Unfortunately, that is not what Univision did. Univision called people related to the case, Univision called my sister directly, Univision showed up in front of the house."

RAMOS: "We looked for an answer from your office."

RUBIO: "No, that is not correct. Univision first called my sister, it stationed a team of cameras in front of my mother's house trying to capture the cameras, that is, if the story was really about me, they would have contacted me first."

RAMOS: You were 16 years old.

RUBIO: "Let me finish, excuse me Jorge… later in the headline news of the national news of Univision, I understand that you were not on the air that night, but in the headlines of Univision national news they had the story that it was not about me. It was the personal story of two private citizens who had absolutely nothing to do…"

RAMOS: "But linked to you."

RUBIO: "Well, then, I should have been asked about those links. I would have been pleased to tell you that I had nothing to do with it, I was 16 years old; it had a very negative impact on my family. It was a very sad moment, but you did not do that; you persecuted first my sister and my family directly. What's more, it was me who called Univision, Univision did not call me because I thought it was a joke that someone was kidding, or that someone was trying to hurt me…"

RAMOS: "Now the story is true, you write it, it is there written on page 60."

RUBIO: "Correct, but that is not the problem. You did not call me, you called my family, it went beyond that, on the following day on Twitter, a well-known character, they put things like "Marco Rubio has links to drug trafficking" without explaining on Twitter, and later a Univision reporter asked the governor of Florida if I should resign for something that happened over 20 years ago…That is ridiculous."

RAMOS: "I understand that, but if you are going to get to the vice presidency, even the presidency of the United States, this type of connection had to be talked about…"

RUBIO: "But, Jorge, this is public record and if Univision calls me and asks me, look, we understand that it happened in your family, how did it affect you, what do you think, I would have been pleased to have answered all that."

Posted by Adam C. Smith at 2:34:33 pm on June 20, 2012