Marco Rubio: Cuban heritage, American dream

US Republican Senator from Florida Marco Rubio waves after speaking at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference at National Harbor, Maryland, outside Washington, on February 27, 2015As a child, Marco Rubio assured his exiled Cuban grandfather that he would overthrow Fidel Castro and lead Cuba. The Republican senator from Florida, told voters Monday that he was in the race to start a “new American century,” ending two years of speculation about whether he will pursue a 2016 campaign for the White House. Rubio was born in Miami in 1971, the son of poor Cuban refugees who had fled the island 15 years earlier to escape poverty. After Castro seized power in 1959, the family decided never to return to Cuba, a country Marco Rubio has never known.

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