52 Facts About Marco Rubio

1. Marco Rubio has waded into partisan waters increasingly during Florida's triple recount, as one might expect from one of Florida's leading Republicans.

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2. Marco Rubio says Broward elections office has history of breaking the law.

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3. Marco Rubio called out Broward County two days after the election after the.

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4. Marco Rubio got roasted online Tuesday night for a tweet mixing sports with politics.

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5. Marco Rubio has become unhinged since Election Day: 68 tweets fighting Florida recount.

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6. Marco Rubio lays out case against Democratic recount effort in Florida.

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7. Marco Rubio roasted for '3 pt kick' tweet about Florida election.

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8. Marco Rubio married Jeanette Dousdebes, a former bank teller and Miami Dolphins cheerleader, in 1998 in a Catholic ceremony at the Church of the Little Flower, and together they have four children.

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9. In March 2018, Marco Rubio defended the decision of the Trump administration to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census.

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10. Marco Rubio replied, "I will always accept the help of anyone who agrees with my agenda.

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11. Marco Rubio says that the United States cannot accept more Syrian refugees because background checks cannot be done under present circumstances.

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12. Marco Rubio voiced support for a Saudi Arabian-led intervention in Yemen against the Iran-backed Shia Houthis.

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13. Marco Rubio supported the 2003 invasion of Iraq and military intervention in Libya.

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14. Marco Rubio supports balancing the federal budget, while prioritizing defense spending.

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15. Marco Rubio initially won his US Senate seat with strong Tea Party backing, but his 2013 support for comprehensive immigration reform legislation led to a decline in that support.

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16. As of early 2015, Marco Rubio had a rating of 98.67 by the American Conservative Union, based on his lifetime voting record in the Senate.

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17. On October 25, 2016, it was reported that Marco Rubio was booed off a stage for endorsing Trump by a crowd of mostly Latino voters, at the annual Calle Orange street festival in downtown Orlando.

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18. The next day Marco Rubio continued turning Trump's attacks against him, even ridiculing Trump's physical appearance.

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19. Marco Rubio had pitched his candidacy as an effort to restore the American Dream for middle and working-class families, who might have found his background as a working-class Cuban-American appealing.

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20. Marco Rubio was believed to be an acceptable candidate for the 2016 presidential race who could attract many parts of the GOP base, partly because of his youthfulness and oratorical skill.

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21. Marco Rubio instructed his aides to "prepare for a presidential campaign" prior to a Team Marco 2016 fundraising meeting in South Beach.

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22. Marco Rubio placed second among potential 2016 Republican presidential candidates in an online poll of likely voters conducted by Zogby Analytics in January 2015.

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23. Marco Rubio stated in April 2014 that he would not run for both the Senate and President in 2016, as Florida law prohibits a candidate from appearing twice on a ballot, but at that time he did not rule out running for either office.

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24. On June 18, 2017, Marco Rubio said new sanctions passed by the Senate against Russia were not being opposed by Trump, and he did not believe "the president himself has a problem with additional sanctions on Russia".

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25. On May 21, 2017, Marco Rubio said he wanted "to know the entire truth" about possible ties between Trump's presidential campaign and Russia while on CNN's State of the Union.

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26. In 2015, Marco Rubio was absent for about 35 percent of Senate votes.

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27. In February 2015, Marco Rubio took the position that the United States Department of Veterans Affairs was "simply buckling under the weight of its own bureaucracy", and he endorsed their proposal to open veterans' care to private providers.

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28. In 2014, Marco Rubio co-sponsored legislation with Senator Mark Warner, Democrat of Virginia, to revise the process for calculating and collecting student loans.

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29. In May 2013, Marco Rubio proposed the Regulation Costs to Small Businesses Act which would have required the Small Business Administration to conduct an annual study to estimate the total cost of regulations on small businesses.

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30. In April 2013, Marco Rubio voted against an expansion of background checks for gun purchases, contending that such increased regulatory measures would do little to help capture criminals.

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31. Marco Rubio was chosen to deliver the Republican response to President Obama's 2013 State of the Union Address.

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32. In 2013, Marco Rubio was part of the bipartisan "Gang of Eight" Senators that crafted comprehensive immigration reform legislation.

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33. In 2012, Marco Rubio introduced a bill, co-sponsored by Joe Manchin, Democrat of West Virginia, to allow employers to be exempted from newly mandated coverage for contraception based on religious or moral grounds, but it was not adopted in the Senate.

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34. Marco Rubio voted against the Budget Control Act of 2011, which included mandatory automatic budget cuts from sequestration.

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35. In October 2011, Marco Rubio joined several other Senators in pushing for continued engagement to "help Libya lay the foundation for sustainable security.

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36. In March 2011, Marco Rubio supported US participation in the military campaign in Libya to oust Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi.

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37. Marco Rubio believed that Farrar was not assertive enough toward the Castro regime.

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38. Marco Rubio won the Republican primary on August 30, 2016, defeating Carlos Beruff.

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39. At the time of his election, Marco Rubio joined Bob Menendez of New Jersey as the only two Latino Americans in the Senate.

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40. On May 5, 2009, Marco Rubio announced on his website that he planned to run for the United States Senate seat being vacated by Mel Martinez, who had announced that he would not seek reelection.

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41. In November 2015, Marco Rubio released his party credit card statements for January 2005 through October 2006, which showed eight personal charges totaling $7,243.74, all of which he had personally reimbursed, in most instances by the next billing period.

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42. Marco Rubio said that he personally paid American Express more than $16,000 for these personal expenses.

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43. At that point, Marco Rubio assumed responsibility for the payments, and the house was eventually sold.

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44. Marco Rubio was a critic of Crist's strategy to fight climate change through an executive order creating new automobile and utility emissions standards.

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45. Marco Rubio sued Crist for bypassing the Florida Legislature in order to make a deal with the Seminole Tribe.

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46. Marco Rubio hired 18 Bush aides, leading capitol insiders to say the speaker's suite was "the governor's office in exile.

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47. Marco Rubio volunteered to work on redistricting, which he accomplished by dividing the state into five regions, then working individually with the lawmakers involved, and this work helped to cement his relationships with GOP leaders.

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48. At the time Marco Rubio took his seat in the legislature in Tallahassee in January 2000, voters in Florida had recently approved a constitutional amendment on term limits.

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49. Marco Rubio spent almost nine years in the Florida House of Representatives.

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50. Marco Rubio placed second in the Republican primary on December 14, 1999, but won the run-off election for the Republican nomination, defeating Angel Zayon by just 64 votes.

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51. On June 22, Marco Rubio reversed his decision not to seek reelection to the Senate; he went on to defeat Democratic candidate Patrick Murphy in the 2016 US Senate election in Florida.

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52. In April 2015, Marco Rubio announced that he would forego seeking reelection to the Senate to run for President.

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