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Young Republican politician Marco Rubio won an impressive victory in his 2009 campaign for one of Florida's seats in the U.S. Senate.
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I want to be a part of correcting the course," he said during his campaign.
Late in the campaign, Rubio found himself retracting some of his statements about his family background. He had initially stated that his parents fled Cuba during the revolution. However,
they had actually left before Fidel Castro took power. This information had little impact on his campaign. Voters seemed more taken with his pledges to curb federal spending.
With the help of Tea Party supporters, the reform-minded Rubio managed to win an impressive victory in November 2010. He defeated both Crist, who ran as an independent, and Democratic opponent Kendrick Meek. Since taking office in 2011, Rubio has become a member of several legislative committees, including the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation; and the Committee on Foreign Relations.
Less than a year after taking office, Rubio became the subject of intense political speculation. His name has been bandied about as a possible running mate for Mitt Romney in his 2012 bid for the presidency. Though Rubio has denied that he has any interest in the vice-presidential nomination, political analysts and members of the Republican Party think he may be a good choice for the vice-presidential spot due to his representation of an important state in the national election and likely support from the Latino community.
Rubio and his wife, Jeanette, live in West Miami with their four children: Amanda, Daniella, Anthony and Dominic. The couple has been married since 1998. Outside of politics, Rubio is known for his passion for football. He is a die-hard Miami Dolphins fan and his wife was once a cheerleader for the team.
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