Marco Rubio, a cocktail of “American dream” and political skill

Republican Senator Marco Rubio, 51, the son of some humble Cubans who emigrated to the United States in 1956, succeeded this Tuesday in renewing his mandate in the Senate representing Florida for the third time, this time with the help of his old rival, the former president Donald Trump.

Rubio managed to win Tuesday’s midterm elections over Democrat Val Demings, who was the first woman to lead the Orlando police and was later elected to the Florida state Congress, precisely where the senator re-elected today began his political career.

Born in Miami, Rubio saw his political career take a leap in 2010, when he won an unexpected victory against then-Governor Charlie Crist, who precisely in these elections sought to return to that position now as a Democrat, but was defeated by Republican Ron DeSantis.

Supported by the ultra-conservative Tea Party, the Miami native won a seat in the Senate in Washington at the age of only 40 and will remain there for six more years after his victory today.

With that background, he decided to try his luck as a candidate for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016, where he ran into Trump, who, true to his style, tried to ridicule him in the debates prior to being chosen as a candidate for the White House.

POLITICS MAKE STRANGE COMPANIONS

His Democratic opponent refreshed those images during this campaign, when it was learned that Trump was going to be the special guest at a Rubio rally in his hometown last Sunday.

Since Trump gave him his endorsement, the difference with Demings, who was almost tied with him, has grown larger.

His alliance with Trump is not, however, from now.

During the presidency of the New York businessman, Rubio was a voice heard when making decisions about Cuba, Venezuela and Nicaragua and the fight against communism and if Trump finally, as it seems, runs again in the 2024 elections and wins, their influence may regain strength.

Currently vice chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, where he oversees the US intelligence and security team, Rubio is also a member of the House Foreign Relations Committee.

Rubio’s personality is forged in an adolescence in which he sees family difficulties in the figure of a father who works in hotels and a mother who earns a living as a domestic worker, obstacles that he knows how to overcome by obtaining a law degree from the University of Miami School of Law, in 1996.

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After passing through university, he begins that path towards the American dream to which he likes to refer so much, first as a commissioner of the city of West Miami before his election to the Florida House of Representatives in 2000.

RUBIO’S AMERICAN DREAM

Arriving in the Senate in January 2011, Rubio positioned himself against the public health plan of ObamaCare and the budgets without rigor.

The son of Mario Rubio and Oria García, who landed in the United States a few years before Fidel Castro came to power in 1959, has managed to win over the Florida electorate over the years with a clearly conservative discourse with strong points such as favoring the possession of weapons, opposition to abortion and gay marriage.

He leads by example having married his youthful love, the American of Colombian origin Jeanette Dousdebes, with whom he has had four children.

That life of a family man that he likes to cultivate with a clearly conservative base has not prevented him from projecting an image of restrained ways that has earned him the trust of the moderates of the political spectrum of a state where Latinos are 27%. of the population and Cubans, among what moves like a fish in water, the largest group within that community.

In relation to immigration policy, he has not tired of repeating that the arrival of people in the United States must be controlled and that "no country can withstand the daily entry of thousands of people"in relation to the avalanche of mainly Latinos who arrive at the borders of the United States territory.

Before he was endorsed by the ultra-conservative Tea Party in 2010, Rubio promoted a law that offered a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants, which today seems banished from his political ideology.

Following the national setback in 2016, when Donald Trump won his own state primary (45% vs. 27%), Rubio stoically accepted defeat, noting: "It is not God’s plan that he be president in 2016 or maybe never.".

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