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Publication Date: 2012
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Few politicians have risen to national prominence as quickly as Marco Rubio. At age forty-one hes the subject of widespread interest and speculation. But he has never before told the full story of his unlikely journey, with all the twists and turns that made him an American son.
That journey began when his parents first left Cuba in 1956. After Fidel Castro solidified his Communist grip on power, Mario and Oria Rubio could never again return to their homeland. But they embraced their new country and taught their children to appreciate its unique opportunities. Every sacrifice they made over the years, as they worked hard at blue-collar jobs in Miami and Las Vegas, was for their children.
As a boy, Rubio spent countless hours with his grandfather, discussing history and current events. "Papa" loved being Cuban, but he also loved America for being a beacon of liberty to oppressed people around the world. As Rubio puts it, "My grandfather didnt know America was exceptional because he read about it in a book. He lived it and saw it with his own eyes."
Devastated after his grandfathers death, Rubio was getting poor grades and struggled to fit in at his high school, where some classmates mocked him as "too American." But then he buckled down for college and law school, driven by his twin passions for football and politics. He played football at a small college in Missouri, then came back to Florida to attend Santa Fe Community College and the University of Florida. He went on to earn his law degree from the University of Miami and took a job at a law firm, which paid him a handsome salary that allowed his father to retire.
As a young attorney he ran for the West Miami City Commission, a role that led to the Florida House of Representatives. In just six years he rose to Speaker of the House and became a leading advocate for free enterprise, better schools, limited government, and a fairer, simpler tax system. He found that he could connect with people across party lines while still upholding conservative values.
His U.S. Senate campaign started as an extreme long shot against Floridas popular incumbent governor, Charlie Crist. Undaunted by the early poll numbers and the time away from his wife and kids, Rubio traveled the state with his message of empowerment and optimism. He upset Crist in both the primary and a dramatic three-way general election, after Crist quit the GOP to run as an independent.
Now Rubio speaks on the national stage about the challenges we face and the better future thats possible if we return to our founding principles. As he puts it, "Conservatism is not about leaving people behind. Conservatism is about allowing people to catch up."
In that vision, as in his familys story, Rubio proves that the American Dream is still alive for those who pursue it.
MARCO RUBIO served in the Florida House of Representatives from 2000 to 2008 and was elected to the U.S. Senate in 2010. His committee assignments currently include Commerce, Science and Transportation; Foreign Relations; Intelligence; and Small Business and Entrepreneurship. He and his wife, Jeanette, have four young children and live in West Miami.
BettyPlantation, FLAge: Over 65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5So thankful that this man is our Senator!July 10, 2012BettyPlantation, FLAge: Over 65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I am so grateful to God for leading me to find and read this book. I have learned so much about Rubio, and therefore, am favorably impressed and encouraged by his straightforwardness, humble dedication to his responsibilities to his office, his love for his country, his love for and dependence upon God, and his gratitude for the privilege of being an American son. His love for and dedication to his family is most commendable. I have come to appreciate the great burdens a politician assumes; i.e., fund-raising, sacrifice of time with family, unkind and untrue personal attacks, and to realize that they are all endured because he desires to make a difference in the lives of others. Too, his appreciation for the privilege of being an American citizen who has escaped the losses his parents and grandparents endured were clearly defined for me; giving me a greater appreciation for the hearts of our Cuban-American citizens.
stormstampa floridaAge: 45-54Gender: male5 Stars Out Of 5rising starJune 24, 2012stormstampa floridaAge: 45-54Gender: maleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5"an american son" is very hard to put down. senator rubio story is very amazing his parents came from cuba and he took the advice and wisdom of his grandparents and the ethics of his christian faith and hard word and became a successful lawyer and speaker of the house and ended up running for the us senate and beat his opponent so bad that his opponet switched partys . what I like most about this memoir is sen rubio dedicates his book to Jesus christ great life lessons and a wonderful gift for a friend or family member.