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Wed Dec 17, 2014, 02:32 PM

Marco Rubio Challenges The Pope On Obama's New Cuba Policy

Florida Sen. Marco Rubio (R) torched President Barack Obama's new policy aimed at normalizing U.S. diplomatic relations with Cuba on Wednesday, and addressed Pope Francis' support for the president's move.

"My understanding is that the influence that His Holiness had was on the release of Mr. [Alan] Gross, which I've not criticized. As I said, I'm happy that he's with the Cuban people [sic]. I would also ask His Holiness to take up the cause of freedom and democracy, which is critical for a free people — for a people to truly be free," Rubio, a Catholic whose parents immigrated from Cuba to flee the Castro regime, told reporters.

"I think the people of Cuba deserve the same chances to have democracy as the people of Argentina have had, where he comes from; as the people of Italy have, where he now lives. Obviously the Vatican's its own state, but very nearby," the senator and rumored 2016 presidential hopeful continued. "My point is I hope that people with that sort of prestige on the world stage will take up the cause of freedom and democracy. The Cuban people are the only people in this hemisphere that have not been able to elect a leader in more than 55 or 60 years. That's outrageous."

In a statement circulated by the White House, the Vatican said, "The Holy Father wishes to express his warm congratulations for the historic decision taken by the Governments of the United States of America and Cuba to establish diplomatic relation, with the aim of overcoming, in the interest of the citizens of both countries, the difficulties which have marked their history.

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DonViejo Dec 2014 OP
napkinz Dec 2014 #1
DonViejo Dec 2014 #2
msanthrope Dec 2014 #8
spanone Dec 2014 #11
djean111 Dec 2014 #3
Roland99 Dec 2014 #4
underpants Dec 2014 #5
msongs Dec 2014 #6
Wellstone ruled Dec 2014 #7
hifiguy Dec 2014 #9
lpbk2713 Dec 2014 #10
deminks Dec 2014 #12
ohheckyeah Dec 2014 #13

Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Wed Dec 17, 2014, 02:33 PM

1. ...







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Response to napkinz (Reply #1)

Wed Dec 17, 2014, 02:36 PM

2. LMAO, napkinz! Thanks!

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Response to napkinz (Reply #1)

Wed Dec 17, 2014, 03:25 PM

8. OMG..that is fucking awesome!! Here's the live blog of that speech....

 

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Response to napkinz (Reply #1)

Wed Dec 17, 2014, 03:29 PM

11. bwahahahahahaaaa......great one!!!!

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Wed Dec 17, 2014, 02:41 PM

3. His parents did not flee the Castro regime.

 

http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/five-myths-about-marco-rubio/2012/06/15/gJQAkbn8eV_story.html

Rubio’s parents’ fictional flight from communism is the great creation myth of his ascent. During his rise and after his election to the Senate, Rubio portrayed himself as the son of exiles forced to flee Cuba after Fidel Castro seized power in 1959.

He spread the story in his campaign and U.S. Senate biographies, which stated that his parents “came to America following Fidel Castro’s takeover.” He repeated it in media interviews, telling Fox Business in 2009, for example, that “I think that the direction we’re going in Washington, D.C., would make us more like the rest of the world, and not like the exceptional nation that my parents found when they came here from Cuba in 1959.”

In reality, his parents, Mario and Oriales Rubio, arrived in the United States on May 27, 1956 — two-and-a-half years before Castro took over and six months before he invaded the island.

Rubio corrected his Senate biography after The Washington Post and the St. Petersburg Times reported about the discrepancy in October 2011.

He says he was relying on family lore. He argues that he was justified in calling himself the son of exiles because his parents weren’t able to return to Cuba after Castro took power, regardless of when they left.

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Response to djean111 (Reply #3)

Wed Dec 17, 2014, 02:43 PM

4. Awww...the poor dear. bless his heart.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Wed Dec 17, 2014, 02:50 PM

5. Rubio - I'm losing the only reason anyone pays attention to me!!!

You dumbass, don't you think opening up Cuba is the first step towards them having a chance at democracy? That IS what you want for them, right?

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Wed Dec 17, 2014, 03:03 PM

6. maybe we can get a democrat as senator next time rubio is up for election nt

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Wed Dec 17, 2014, 03:13 PM

7. Marco just stepped into

one big pile of Doggie doo doo and the smell isn't going away. Stupid is what stupid does. Kiss your Presidential campaign bye bye.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Wed Dec 17, 2014, 03:27 PM

9. So now he wants to impeach the pope?

 

That will end well.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Wed Dec 17, 2014, 03:28 PM

10. Seems like the whole parade is out of step with Rubio.




BWAHAHAHA




      "WAAAH!! No fair!!"



Poor Baby.



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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Wed Dec 17, 2014, 03:30 PM

12. "Rubio Attacks Pope For Helping Broker Cuba Deal"

I liked that title, too. Rubio attacks the Pope. Bwahahahahahahaha.

http://thinkprogress.org/world/2014/12/17/3604800/rubio-attacks-pope-for-helping-broker-cuba-deal/

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Wed Dec 17, 2014, 03:31 PM

13. Fuck Rubio.

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