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Marco Rubio, JD Biography

Title:
United States Senator (R-FL)
Position:
Pro to the question "Should the United States Maintain Its Embargo against Cuba?"
Reasoning:

“When Cuba joins the rest of the civilized world in how it treats its people… That’s the kind of country that I’m interested in us having a relationship with. And the embargo serves as leverage for us to be able to accomplish that…

Cuba trades with every other country in the world. The fact of the matter is that the U.S. embargo is not the reason their economy is failing. Their economy is failing because they’ve embraced a combination of socialism and incompetence, which may be an oxymoron because they’re both the same thing…

What’s happening now is that the Castro government is using travel and exile travel as a way to fund its repressive regime… And it also provides a source of hard currency for the Castro regime. They use the dollars from remittances and from travel to fund their repressive operation. I think it was wrong to lift those travel restrictions.”

Interview with Human Events, humanevents.com, May 7, 2010

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • US Senator (R-FL), 2011-present
  • Member, US Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation
  • Member, US Senate Committee on Foreign Relations
  • Member, US Senate Select Committee on Intelligence
  • Member, US Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship
  • Visiting professor, Metropolitan Center, Florida International University, 2008-2010
  • Political Analyst, Univision, 2008
  • Speaker of the Florida House of Representatives, 2007-2008
  • Member, Florida House of Representatives, 2000-2008
  • Former Florida Chairman, GOPAC
  • Former City Commissioner, West Miami, FL
  • Former attorney
Education:
  • JD, cum laude, University of Miami Florida, 1996
  • BS, Political Science, University of Florida, 1993
  • Attended Santa Fe College
  • Attended Tarkio College
Other:
  • Has four children with wife Jeanette, a former cheerleader for the Miami Dolphins football team
  • Twitter handle: @marcorubio
Quoted in:
Pro & Con Quotes: Should the United States Maintain Its Embargo against Cuba?