Marco Rubio's Compelling Family Story Embellishes Facts, Documents Show

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Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., speaks during the Atlantic Forum, Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2011, at the Newseum in Washington. (AP Photo/Haraz N. Ghanbari) | AP

During his rise to political prominence, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) frequently repeated a compelling version of his family's history that had special resonance in South Florida. He was the son of exiles, he told audiences, Cuban Americans forced off their beloved island after "a thug," Fidel Castro, took power.

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