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|Hail to the Chief?|
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“”We should change the names of AR-15s to 'Marco Rubio' because they are so easy to buy.
|—Sarah Chadwick, a Parkland shooting survivor, calling out Rubio for his initial defense of the NRA.|
The son of Cuban immigrants, Rubio first became interested in politics when majored in political science in the University of Florida, graduating with his B.A. in 1993. He began studying law at the University of Miami School of Law, earning his J.D. and graduating cum laude in 1996. That same year, he was an intern for U.S. Representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen and also worked on Senator Bob Dole's 1996 Presidential campaign.
Starting in 1999, Rubio served in the Florida House of Representatives, eventually becoming Speaker of the House.
He was elected to the United States Senate in 2010, and is currently one of six Latino Americans serving in the Senate, alongside fellow conservative Cuban-American Ted Cruz, as well as Bob Menendez, Catherine Cortez Masto, Ben Ray Luján, and Alex Padilla.
In April 2015, Rubio announced that he would be running for President of the United States, though would end up suspending his campaign after Donald Trump won Rubio's home state of Florida in the primaries. During the 2016 campaign, Trump had a particularly fun time bashing Rubio, calling him "little Marco" in reference to Rubio's relatively small stature (5'9") and "a little frightened puppy." Perhaps Trump's "best" internet flame at Rubio was Trump's Tweet that "Lightweight choker Marco Rubio looks like a little boy on stage."
After dropping out of the 2016 Presidential campaign, and initially stating that he would not seek reelection in the Senate, Rubio changed his mind and was reelected in the 2016 general election.
Rubio changes religions seemingly with the wind. He's transfered from Catholicism to Mormonism back to Catholicism, then to a Southern Baptist Convention-affiliated evangelical megachurch, before joining up with Catholicism again. While it's unclear what type of confusion could cause a person to completely reject, then be completely convinced, then completely reject again the factual assertion that an Angel named Moroni led Joseph Smith to the Third Book of the Bible in upstate New York in the 1820s, it probably has nothing to do with pandering to the voters.
Len Blavatnik, a Soviet Union-born dual national of the US and UK, is financially associated with Russian oligarchs, and he donated $1.5 million to political action committees associated with Rubio.
He is an outspoken opponent of Common Core.
In the wake of the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida on February 14, 2018, Rubio stated that he is against a ban on assault rifles, but wouldn't go so far to suggest arming teachers, calling it a "bad idea". After pressure from the Never Again MSD activists, Rubio announced his support for the ban of bump stocks as well as more stringent background checks.
Rubio supports a full repeal of Obamacare (because of course he does) and replacing it with tax credits and less regulation, saying that tax credits could be used for health insurance.
Rubio thinks that LGBT issues should be left up to the states to decide. Though he is not overtly homophobic, he thinks that marriage should remain traditional, between a man and a woman.
Rubio is also vocal in his opposition to the Chinese government, including their camps in Xinjiang and crackdown of the 2019–20 Hong Kong protests, enough to earn himself an individual sanction. Given Rubio's own track record and defense of Trump's camps and crackdown of protesters, one has to question whether this is simply political opportunism.[note 1]
- It is.
- Trump to Rubio: 'Don't worry about it, Little Marco'
- Trump bashes Rubio: He's a 'little frightened puppy'
- Marco Rubio’s Crisis of Faith: Why his complicated, unique religious journey is causing him trouble with voters.
- How Putin's proxies helped funnel millions into GOP campaigns by Ruth May (December 15, 2017) The Dallas Morning News.
- Marco Rubio: U.S. Military Intervention Could Solve Venezuelan Crisis Newsweek. September 1, 2018
- Why is Marco Rubio tweeting about Salt Bae? Vox. September 20, 2018
- China imposes sanctions on US officials in retaliation for Hong Kong measures Financial Times. August 11, 2020