What Do People In Cuba Think Of Marco Rubio?


In the mornings, elderly women gather in an empty lot alongside crumbling 19th century mansions for an exercise class. Restless men sit on stoops and smoke cigarettes.  A corner market displays a slaughtered pig, but only a few women line up to purchase pork, an expensive treat for Cubans.

It is the neighborhood where Marco Rubio’s family lived before they fled for better economic opportunities, Calle Maloja.  Cubans there said they had never heard of the politician, according to the International Business Times.

The IB Times claims that many Cubans are pretty sure they wouldn’t vote for him if they had the chance.  Why?

Nearly 60 years after the Rubio family fled Calle Maloja, residents make the most of their humble surroundings, writes the IB Times.  When told about Rubio’s presidential aspirations, many residents of Calle Maloja, who otherwise had never heard of the Miami lawmaker, expressed pride.

However, when told of Rubio’s position on keeping the Cuban embargo in place, many grew sour about the idea that he could become the leader of the United States.

“You like to hear that one of your own is going to be president,” said Yuniel Salazar, 41, who has lived here all his life. “But if he thinks that way, he shouldn’t be president. Haven’t we had enough of that?”

The Rubio family was one of many in the neighborhood.  Father Mario Rubio sold coffee to earn money here after his mother died when he was nine years old, according to his son’s many campaign speeches.

Naturalization papers and other official records revealed Mario and Oriales Rubio arrived in the United States in 1956, prior to the Castro revolution in ’59, but returned to Cuba several times after Castro came to power.

Also, Rubio will be in Ames, Iowa, Saturday morning for a “meet and greet,” and later will attend U.S. Senator Joni Ernst’s “Roast & Ride” fundraiser in Boone, Iowa, writes the Des Moines Register.


Ouch: Will Rubio Be The Guy The Republican Party ‘Talks About’ But Never Elects?

Sam Seder

Recently, U.S. Senator from Florida Marco Rubio announced that he will run for U.S. President.

Ouch: The Majority Report discusses Rubio’s decision, and they claim he will be the guy “talked about” to entice the Latino community and put the party in a good light, but the right-wing will just choose two white guys anyway.

Sources: Marco Rubio Makes Moves Toward 2016 Presidential Run

Could the 2016 Republican presidential primary turn into a Florida fight?

Florida Senator Marco Rubio, a potential GOP presidential candidate, responded to the announcement by former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush that Bush would “actively explore” running for president by saying, “Bush is someone I admire greatly,” he told ABC’s Jeff Zeleny.

“I think he’d be a very formidable candidate.”

Rubio declined to say whether he has spoken to Bush since his 2016 exploratory announcement, but said his decision wouldn’t be influenced by Bush’s.

“If you decide to run for President you do so because you want to be President, not you want to be president unless someone else wants to be president first,” Rubio said.

“I want to make my decision on the basis of where’s the best place for me to achieve our agenda to restore the American dream and that’s a decision we’re going to make.”

“We’ll make a decision in due course,” Rubio added.

However, ABC claims that a senior aide told ABC’s Jon Karl that his team has been instructed to move forward and he is moving closer to a presidential run in 2016

“He has told us to proceed as if he is running for president,” the aide said told Karl.

A Rubio aide confirmed to Breitbart News that the ABC News report was accurate, although the sunshine state senator has not made a final decision.

Already, Rubio has hired Anna Rogers, the current finance director for American Crossroads, to join his political action committee.  She is supposed to start on February 1.

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