TIME: Marco Rubio, immigrant son
February 7th, 2013
08:00 AM ET
10 years ago

TIME: Marco Rubio, immigrant son

(TIME) - Oriales García Rubio knows how it feels to want more. When she was a girl in central Cuba in the 1930s, her family of nine lived in a one-room house with a dirt floor. Her dolls were Coke bottles dressed in rags. She dreamed of becoming an actress. Instead she married a security guard, moved with him to the U.S. and found work as a hotel maid. Her husband got a job as a bartender while starting a series of failed businesses—a vegetable stand, a dry cleaner, a grocery. They never had much. But their house had a real floor. Their daughters had real dolls. They sent all four of their children to college to chase their own dreams.


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  1. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    “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
    Quite a telling quote there. "Please don't mess with THEM". She didn't say "PLease don't mess with US". She said "THEM".
    His mother is an immigrant yet evidently she doesn't consider herself one of those "pobrecitos" (derrogatory term for us Latinos, by the way). Very interesting.
    You know what is is quite telling the fact that his mother felt compelled to ask him not to mess with the poor immigrants. Why did she feel like she had to ask him to do that? Did she see him leaning towards his Teatarded tendencies of further disenfranchising and alieanting that particular group?
    "They are people just like us....". Got a newsflash Mrs Rubio: You are us.
    The Cuban immigrant's mentality in full display.

    February 7, 2013 08:14 am at 8:14 am |
  2. MrBeenThere

    Another Fake in pretty cloths, he doesn't even represent the demographic that the GOP is in dire need to connect with. They are so blind they don't see a difference between Cuban's and Hispanic's, Hey they all have light brown skin Right............

    February 7, 2013 08:22 am at 8:22 am |
  3. Al-NY,NY

    boy I think I will now vote for Rubio for POTUS. That story just touched my heart.....NOT. Notice how it isn't told when his parents left and that's because Marco will not tell. He likes to make people think they were exiles from Fidel's evil wrath but until he comes clean, his parents left before so his sob story is bunk. He has no chance to win over anyone but the Cuban community. Other Hispanics will not be swayed by his ethnicity and his policies which follow strict GOP dogma....

    February 7, 2013 08:23 am at 8:23 am |
  4. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Let me reassure you right here and right now that Marco Rubio is NOT the Republican savior. It is going to take A LOT more than a confused and convenient immigrant to save the Republican Party. May I further submit that you should tell his mother to zip it, as she is NOT helping the immigrant recruitment drive.
    The GOP is so far gone and so disconnected from our culture as Latinos that it doesn't even realize when an important segment of what's supposed to be a key magazine article is insulting the very audience that it is trying to attract.

    February 7, 2013 08:24 am at 8:24 am |
  5. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    Ha! Marco is not ready for primetime. How stupid and gullible do republicans think we are? Not only is their messaging off, their policies are disastrous to middle class families. it's going to be a long time from now before republicans get a huge chunk of the latino. One thing you can say about GWB is that he was ahead of his entire party when it came to immigration reform.

    February 7, 2013 08:29 am at 8:29 am |
  6. Rudy NYC

    There they go again. The misleading messaging monsters are manufactuirng more misinformation. When someone cherry pickes the facts, is that lying? I say no, but I would call it dishonest.

    February 7, 2013 08:39 am at 8:39 am |
  7. Larry L

    Republicans need to stop looking for a marketing trick and find a candidate with diplomatic skills, maurity, and sense of fiscal conservatism – not socially conservative radicals. If you must always do the Etch-A-Sketch of the candidate's "beliefs" after the Primary Election you will continue to lose the General Election. Just offer some realistic and compassionate plans to lead the government towards fiscal conservatism. Rubio is just Palin 2.0.

    February 7, 2013 08:59 am at 8:59 am |
  8. Randy, San Francisco

    The Republican Party is in trouble if Sen Rubio is the savior of the party! They just don't get it. It is the message and not the messenger. It will take more than one candidate or one election cycle to change the Republican brand. With push back from angry old white men currently holding power, it may take a decade or more for the reinvention of the party.

    February 7, 2013 09:46 am at 9:46 am |

    Rubio is great – but Time's headline is stupid. We also know they don't favor Republicans, so its sarcasm isn't appreciated.

    February 7, 2013 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  10. yanni

    As any other minority in the Republican Party (for example Allen West another one from Florida) Rubio is a tool to insult Latinos because he can say demeaning things they can't say because they afraid to be called racist. He need the position to get I ahead and they need him as a token man for supposedly the big tent party; it is a win-win situation for both of them.

    February 7, 2013 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  11. Sniffit

    Aaaw, how nice. What a touching story and promotional advertisement.

    February 7, 2013 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  12. Anthony

    A syndicated columnist who also writes commentaries for CNN wrote in 2011: "Rubio is becoming persona non grata among Latinos outside of the Cuban-American community, which represents only 3 percent of the Latino population in the United States. Specifically, he is becoming intensely disliked by many naturalized Mexicans and Mexican-Americans, who make up as much as 67 percent of the U.S. Latino population."

    Rubio's standing among the biggest part of the U.S. Latino population has not changed. Just because Republicans will like to forget about the past does not mean the Latino population will let them. Romney tried to forget that he passed the Massachusetts healthcare plan, which became the model for Obamacare. It did not work.

    February 7, 2013 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  13. Thomas

    I stopped reading Time Magazen 20 years ago ,

    As for Rubio , He's the Snoop Doggy Doggy of the GOP , Viva Cubano Coolyo !

    February 7, 2013 10:55 am at 10:55 am |